First Lady Michelle Obama's 'Let's Move!' Tour Features 3 Florida Stops; Tennis at ESPN Wide World of Sports

February 10, 2012 07:49 AM
As part of a three-day national tour celebrating the second anniversary of "Let's Move!", First Lady Michelle Obama will be making Florida stops in Homestead, Longwood and Orlando on Feb. 10-11, 2012. The USTA is a partner with the White House and the First Lady's Let's Move! initiative, which is a national effort to combat childhood obesity.

The First Lady's Let's Move! initiative, launched last year, focuses on a mission to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. The Let's Move! tour will highlight examples of people making changes across the country, from a single family to an entire state. USTA Florida staff and volunteers will work with USTA national staff and the First Lady on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, to celebrate the anniversary of the "Let's Move!" campaign in Orlando at ESPN Wide World of Sports, on the campus of the Walt Disney World Resort.

At ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando on Saturday the First Lady will make opening remarks at the Champions Stadium baseball field before participating in a number of sports, including 10 and Under Tennis on 36-foot courts. Upwards of 2,000 people in the stands and 500 children participating are expected for the event, which will include sports and activities ranging from P90X to hula hoops. James Blake is also scheduled to make an appearance at the tennis event.

10 and Under Tennis scales the game of tennis down to the size of the child, with smaller racquets, shorter courts and foam balls, to make learning and playing the game easier and more fun for children.

On Friday, Feb. 10 at 3:30 p.m. the tour will begin in Florida with a stop in Homestead for "WebMD Town Hall: Simple Tips For Healthy Families." The First Lady will join experts from WebMD, a leading source of health information for consumers and professionals and a free source of trusted information on children's health and wellness, to answer questions from a live local audience and a national online audience about how families can implement healthy changes in their daily lives. The WebMD town hall style discussion will be held at a Miami-area YMCA.

In November 2011, the YMCA, a leading nonprofit dedicated to youth development and healthy living and one of the nation's largest child-care providers, announced that it is adopting a set of standards to ensure its programs offer children fruits, vegetables and water as snacks and adequate physical activity while children are in their care. Parents can submit questions for the First Lady and the panel at

Later on Friday the tour will stop in Orlando at 7 p.m. with the theme "Change Begins at Home," where the First Lady will visit the home of an Orlando-area family who has made changes to become healthier. Mrs. Obama will have dinner with the family in their home and discuss the everyday changes families can make.

On Saturday, Feb. 11, at 10 a.m. the tour will stop in Longwood to highlight "Faith and Community Groups Leading the Way." The First Lady will speak to a gathering of 3,000 people from diverse faiths at Northland, A Church Distributed, about the work of faith and community organizations across America to support healthy lifestyles. Mrs. Obama launched "Let's Move! Faith and Communities" in November 2010, and since then these organizations have initiated a broad range of activities including logging over 1,500,000 miles walked and working to provide healthy food to their congregations. The tour will then move on to the ESPN Wide World of Sports event.

Since launching Let's Move! on Feb. 9, 2010, significant progress has been made to solve the problem of childhood obesity. Parents, businesses, educators, elected officials, members of the military, chefs, physicians, athletes, childcare providers, community and faith leaders and kids themselves have made substantial commitments to improve the health of our nation's children. Through working together with Let's Move!,  these groups have provided children with healthier food and greater opportunities for physical activity in schools and communities, helped get families the information they need to make healthier decisions, supported a healthy start in early childhood, and have worked to ensure more people have access to healthy, affordable food. 

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