Mayor kicks off "Let's Move" campaign for South Bend - Fox 28: South Bend, Elkhart IN News, Weather, Sports

Mayor kicks off "Let's Move" campaign for South Bend

Posted:

Indiana ranks as one of the top states with the most children battling obesity. So awhile back, Mayor Pete Buttigieg met with First Lady Michele Obama to get ideas on how to help. Now South Bend is joining the "Let's Move" initiative, so Mayor Pete ditched his normal attire for the program's inaugural event.

South Bend Mayor Pete hung up his suit and tie and put on some workout gear to hit the gym Wednesday.

The mayor showed students at Madison Primary Center what "Let's Move" is all about. He led them in exercises like stretching, jumping jacks, and taught students what a plank hold was.

"Bottom line, the more we can get kids away from the screen part of the day. Eating right, exercising, moving, it's going to be good for the whole city. And I wanted to come out and show them what I mean," says Buttigieg, "By becoming a 'Let's Move' City, the city is committing to a number of initiatives."

The students also learned portion control and what foods should make it to every meal. South Bend will be compared to 400 other cities across the nation on the 'Let's Move' web site, and they'll be ranked gold, silver or bronze. Currently, South Bend stands at bronze. "The First Lady has really made it possible, and has really put in a lot of energy and a lot of her time and commitment into it," says Buttigieg, "And we want to make sure we have a good report for her down the line."

Robin Vida is the Director of Health Education for St. Joseph County Health Department. She says, "We have to look at things like food policy. So city owned facilities, what their food policies are. Are they offering foods according to dietary guidelines?"

"Let's Move" is an initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama that's looking to solve childhood obesity within a generation.

Communities that sign up for "Let's Move!" commit to five achievable, measurable goals that promote sustainable strategies to improve the health of residents.

They are:

1) Helping early child-care and education providers incorporate best practices for nutrition, physical activity, and screen time into their programs.

2) Prominently displaying MyPlate in all municipally-operated venues where food is offered.

3) Increasing participation in school breakfast and lunch programs.

4) Implementing healthy and sustainable food service guidelines that are aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans at municipally-operated venues that serve food.

5) Mapping all play spaces, completing a needs assessment, developing an action plan, and implementing a minimum of three proven policies, programs, or initiatives aimed at increasing access to play.


The students surprised Mayor Pete with the "Let's Move" Dance by Beyonce, specifically for the program. Mayor Buttigieg, never seeing the routine, was impressed students learned it in 2 days.

To see how South Bend's progress, click here.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Two shot, one killed in downtown Chicago office building

    Two shot, one killed in downtown Chicago office building

    200 block of LaSalle in Chicago (FOX32 photo)200 block of LaSalle in Chicago (FOX32 photo)
    CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - A recently demoted executive entered a Loop office building in Chicago on Thursday morning and shot the company’s CEO before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide, authorities said. The shooting happened just before 10 a.m. at the ArrowStream company on the 17th floor of the Bank of America building, 231 S. LaSalle St. “Apparently he was despondent over the fact that he got demoted,” Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said.More >>
    CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - A recently demoted executive entered a Loop office building in Chicago on Thursday morning and shot the company’s CEO before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide, authorities said. The shooting happened just before 10 a.m. at the ArrowStream company on the 17th floor of the Bank of America building, 231 S. LaSalle St. “Apparently he was despondent over the fact that he got demoted,” Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said.More >>
  • 2 arrested after judge spots own stolen bike

    2 arrested after judge spots own stolen bike

    Two juveniles have been arrested after an Ingham County judge spotted one of them pedaling around on his stolen bicycle.More >>
    Two juveniles have been arrested after an Ingham County judge spotted one of them pedaling around on his stolen bicycle.More >>
  • Strong Thunderstorms moving through Michiana

    Strong Thunderstorms moving through Michiana

    Strong Thunderstorms are on the move toward central La Porte County Friday afternoon. According to the National Weather Service, a strong thunderstorm is located near Westville moving East at 10 miles per hour. One-half inch diameter hail, 40 mph or higher wind gusts, lighting and heavy downpours are expected. La Porte, Kingsford Heights, Pinhook, Pinola, Union Mills, Kingsbury and Tracy are in the path of the storm. This includes interstate 80 and 90 between mile markers 38 and 47.More >>
    Strong Thunderstorms are on the move toward central La Porte County Friday afternoon. According to the National Weather Service, a strong thunderstorm is located near Westville moving East at 10 miles per hour. One-half inch diameter hail, 40 mph or higher wind gusts, lighting and heavy downpours are expected. La Porte, Kingsford Heights, Pinhook, Pinola, Union Mills, Kingsbury and Tracy are in the path of the storm. This includes interstate 80 and 90 between mile markers 38 and 47.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

Fox 28

WSJV-TV FOX 28
58096 County Road 7, South
Elkhart, IN 46517

Switchboard: 574.679.9758
News Phone: 574.679.4545
Station Fax: 574.294.1267
Email: fox28news@fox28.com

All content ©Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSJV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Heather Stewart at (574) 343-5310. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.