First Lady Tours Mississippi School

First lady Michelle Obama toured an elementary school in Jackson Wednesday and watched children at a playground with swings and a jungle gym.

Mrs. Obama's tour was the first of two stops at schools where programs to keep children active are held out as examples of fighting obesity.

Mrs. Obama was in Jackson to promote school health as part of her recently announced Let's Move! campaign. The campaign in part focuses on a healthy diet and physical activity in schools.

She was joined at Pecan Elementary School by Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and his wife, Marsha.

The first lady's campaign on obesity has four parts: helping parents make better food choices, serving healthier food in school vending machines and lunch lines, making healthy food more available and affordable, and encouraging children to exercise more.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 9, 2010 at 04:47 AM
    If any of you think Pres. B.O. and Wife is about you the common people you are dreaming since day one it has and will always be about them and power ..
  • by resident Location: MS on Mar 8, 2010 at 08:16 PM
    Ahhh, everyone forgets, Laura Bush came to MS one just once, but twice to personally hand out things to the people on the gulf coast that were homeless, displaced or in need. Not for personal gain She gave lots of her time with little fanfare. Who cares if MS O came to photo op children for her personal goals Talk about ignorance... duh!. Children's personal health care should come from the parents who need to control what their children eat & their personal activity... not somebody sitting in the WH. It's called getting off the butt... & doing something active!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 8, 2010 at 09:14 AM
    I'm glad Mrs. Obama came to Mississippi to draw attention to an important issue like the health of our children. Mrs. Laura Bush visited schools here as well. I appreciate them doing so. They have a lot of demands on their time. The value of someone high profile like this is AWARENESS. They don't personally correct problems in people's lives. They can't do that. But they raise awareness and that is valuable.
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian, MS on Mar 8, 2010 at 06:25 AM
    To the negative people who feel that we actually want to hear your ugly thoughts keep them to yourself. Do you even have children? I cannot remember any other first lady even taking the time to come to a prejudice state like this one because of the ignorance that still exists.
  • by Children need positive models-growing up in Location: Union, MS on Mar 6, 2010 at 06:16 PM
    I think it is wonderful that Mrs. Obama made a trip to some of our MS schools. It would be great if more students in our state had the opportunity to see and meet her. Our children need people they can look up to and aspire to be like when they grow up. I remember as a small child watching Mrs. Kennedy on television and aspiring to be like her. As a child, I would have given anything to have had a chance to see her in person. We need to do all we can to improve our school systems in this state. Encouraging our children to move beyond where they are and become happy, healthy citzens who contribute in a positive way to society.
  • by Wayne Location: County on Mar 4, 2010 at 07:40 AM
    To WHATEVER: No, nothing will ever change, with people with attitudes like you!!
  • by Hope for MS Location: Lauderdale County on Mar 4, 2010 at 07:32 AM
    Dear "Whatever", I understand that you could care less about the first lady coming to MS, but considering the hardships that our state faces and have faced for decades, we need all the encouragement we can get. Mississippi always seem to rank first for things like obesity, high school drop-outs, teen pregnancy. I could go on, but really it's too depressing. So even if you don't change in any way, leave your negative comments to yourself and maybe someone else will be helped.
  • by ghgh Location: meridian on Mar 4, 2010 at 03:01 AM
    Whatever- The mine set that you have, nothing will change.
  • by Whatever on Mar 3, 2010 at 06:58 PM
    Whatever......Big deal that she came here. I mean do you really think it will change anything?
  • by Concerned Female Location: DeKalb on Mar 3, 2010 at 01:27 PM
    We have an exceptional first lady! What a motivator, leader, and positive influence for the youth! Go Michelle!
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