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Michelle Obama will speak today at the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) 2010 Science Forum at the Grand Hyatt Washington in the nation’s capital. Mrs. Obama’s remarks on childhood obesity will take place at the venue’s fifth-floor Independence Ballroom from 11: 30 a.m. to 12 noon.
An audience of 300 to 500 is expected for the event. The First Lady is spearheading an effort to reverse the rising ride of pediatric obesity through her comprehensive program, “Let’s Move!,” which launched in February. The initiative focuses on four key points: giving parents the support they need to make better food choices, providing healthier food in schools, helping kids become more physically active, and making healthy, affordable food available in every part of the United States.
Additional anti-obesity efforts of the Obama administration include the $400 million Healthy Food Financing Initiative proposed in the president’s budget, which would bring grocery stores and other healthy food retailers to underserved urban and rural communities.