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


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.

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