by Allyson Koerner
Categories: Healthy Living, Lifestyle
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Michelle Obama has been sweeping the nation with her “Let’s Move” initiative to educate children about the importance of healthy eating habits and physical fitness. Well this past weekend, the first lady celebrated the 2nd anniversary of her motivating campaign.

First, on Friday, Feb. 10, Mrs. Obama joined “Top Chef” host Tom Colicchio, chefs from Bravo’s favorite reality-cooking show, White House chef and Senior Policy Advisor of Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass and players from the Dallas Cowboys at Nancy Moseley Elementary in Dallas, Texas for a healthy cooking challenge.

With three teams, the challenge was to create a healthy school lunch in 30-minutes. Kids helped former “Top Chef” contestants cook including winner Richard Blais, Fabio Viviani, Spike Mendelsohn, Jennifer Carroll, Grayson Schmitz and Paul Qui.

Obama observed and visited each team getting to know the students and crowning all three teams’ winners. In between all the cooking, Obama spoke to the students about her campaign, “It’s important to eat right, it’s important to get your exercise, but it’s more important to be a good student — that all of these things add up. It is very hard to focus at school if you don’t have good fuel in your body. And that is the truth.”

In addition to acting as judge of a cooking competition, Obama also celebrated this past Saturday in Orlando, Fla. at Disney’s Magic of Living Healthy, which helps parents raise healthy kids.

Held at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World Resort, the first lady, along with Disney Channel stars, showed off her dance moves during “The Platypus Walk,” a fun dance that encourages physical activity and made famous by Perry the Platypus from “Phineas and Ferb.” Obama didn’t hold back as she danced in front of 1,500 kids and their families.

In addition to dancing, five stations were set up for kids to participate in fitness activities with Disney Channel stars and professional athletes. Mrs. Obama expressed her gratitude for Disney’s help in ensuring children stay healthy. “I want to thank Disney for all that they’ve done to support “Let’s Move” and to make sure our kids are eating right and being active.”

From doing pushups with Ellen DeGeneres and having a fitness challenge with Jimmy Fallon to hosting cooking competitions to dancing at Disney, Mrs. Obama sure knows how to promote her initiative, and look good while doing it.

About Allyson Koerner

Allyson Koerner first found her love of writing while attending Westminster College in Pennsylvania, and that passion evolved while she was earning her Master's in Print & Multimedia Journalism at Boston's Emerson College. She's an experienced writer dabbling in all things vegan, green, entertainment and TV-related. Feel free to keep tabs on her over at Twitter: @AllysonKoerner.

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  • Khrish

    I just adore and admire this lady.