Michelle Obama, Chef Rachael Ray Visit Obesity-Ridden State of MS

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Rachael Ray

First Lady Michelle Obama and Rachael Ray

Michelle Obama and TV Cooking Personality Rachael Ray made a visit to the Clinton, MS, school district earlier last week. They were both making appearances to shower praise upon the district for implementing healthier choices in the cafeteria and showing that the FLOTUS’ “Let’s Move” campaign could be successful even in Mississippi — the that has had the highest rate of obesity in the nation.

This isn’t the First Lady’s first trip to Mississippi. In 2010, she came down and visited Brinkley Middle School in Jackson, MS. Her visit created a media whirlwind and there were actually quite a few changes made to the cafeteria programs citywide. “When she visited the state three years ago, Mississippi had been declared the most obese state in America,” Obama said. “Some people thought obesity in the state was an impossible problem. Fortunately, all of you here in this room had a different view on things,” Obama said.

Obama’s “Let’s Move Initiative” is a campaign that was started to introduce healthy and affordable school lunches as well as physical education reforms so that students could remain healthy and fit. “I think that this is going to help kick start so that we can strive to be a healthier state,” said Dr. Timothy Quinn.

I think that the First Lady’s active involvement in the program is one of the reasons it’s successful. I’m glad to see that her efforts for a healthier U.S. are making an actual impact.

 Malcolm Morrow, a Your Black World Network contributor, is a senior, criminal justice major at The University of Southern Miss.