EAST ORANGE, NJ - Mrs. Michelle Obama was in Newark on Wednesday, April 6, to tout her flagship program, "Let’s Move!" to excited students (and staff) at Phillip's Academy in Newark.

First Lady Michelle Obama toured Philip’s Academy to witness the progress the students have made. The students were eager to showcase their accomplishments in agriculture, while sharing in a nutritious meal from their "home grown" garden with the First Lady.

TAPinto East Orange/Orange had the opportunity to speak with enthusiastic students regarding the visit from the First Lady. Heather Flowers (8th Grade), Kailani Day (7th grade), and Elijah Mosley (6th grade) all agreed that the experience was “awesome."

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Heather was particularly impressed by “how tall [the First Lady] was“ and how grateful she was to have the chance to demonstrate how the students were planting, growing and eating vegetables they planted themselves. Kailani added how she appreciated the benefit of the "Let’s Move!" exercise program and its long term benefits.

About Let’s Move!

Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by First Lady Michelle Obama, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. 

Combining comprehensive strategies with common sense, Let’s Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years; giving parents helpful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices; providing healthier foods in our schools; ensuring that every family has access to healthy, affordable food; and, helping children become more physically active.

At the launch of the initiative, President Barack Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum creating the first-ever Task Force on Childhood Obesity to conduct a review of every single program and policy relating to child nutrition and physical activity and develop a national action plan to maximize federal resources and set concrete benchmarks toward the First Lady’s national goal. The Task Force recommendations focus on the five pillars of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative:

1 Creating a healthy start for children

2 Empowering parents and caregivers

3 Providing healthy food in schools

4 Improving access to healthy, affordable foods

5 Increasing physical activity

Everyone has a role to play in reducing childhood obesity, including parents and caregivers, elected officials from all levels of government, schools, health care professionals, faith-based and community-based organizations, and private sector companies. Your involvement is key to ensuring a healthy future for our children.

About Phillip’s Academy EcoSpaces Education Program

EcoSPACES is a multidimensional co-curricular program designed to give students the tools to lead healthy and environmentally productive lives in the 21st century. Utilizing unique learning environments, they seek to inspire students to embrace the highest principles of environmental and nutritional stewardship. It is their hope that students will make informed decisions for living a life that benefits their bodies and our planet, while understanding the interconnectedness of all living things.