Contending that her campaign against childhood obesity has created a "cultural shift" in how we live and eat, First Lady Michelle Obama used TV ads for egg white breakfast sandwiches as an example, reported the Associated Press on September 6. When her "Let's Move" program began in 2010, that type of healthy breakfast at a fast food restaurant was unimaginable, she declared.
"We are creating a cultural shift on how we live and eat," said the First Lady during a visit to a Washington DC elementary school. "Our efforts are having an impact on our children's lives." Reflecting on how she feels that her "Let's Move" campaign has influenced the nation, she commended restaurants such as the Olive Garden and Red Lobster that have made their menus healthier, reported Politix on September 6.
"We're truly at a pivotal moment - a tipping point when the message is just starting to break through," added the First Lady, while admitting that there is still a "long way to go" to improve dietary and exercise habits.
The First Lady's speech took place at an event that encouraged educators to incorporate physical activity throughout the school day. Joining her: Retired NBA player Shaquille O'Neal, sprinter Allyson Felix and gymnast Dominque Dawes.
An intriguing note: When nonprofit health advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) learned that the First Lady's Let's Move program had chosen Shaquille O'Neal as a spokesperson, CSPI urged against it. Their concern: "It's not appropriate to include prominent endorsers of sugary drinks and junk food in photo-ops or events aimed at promoting Let's Move or other anti-obesity initiatives." You can learn more about Shaquille's promotion of his line of sugary sodas by clicking here.