The First Lady has set an ambitious goal for all of us -- to solve the challenge of childhood obesity in this Nation within a generation. We’ve got a lot of work to do!
That’s why the President asked me to chair a new interagency Childhood Obesity Task Force. The task force is developing an action plan for how federal, state, and local governments, along with the private and nonprofit sectors, can come together and take specific steps to achieve this goal. (You can see the full Presidential Memorandum creating the Task Force and requesting the action plan within 90 days here.)
We want the best ideas from across the country -- not just from researchers, but from parents and teachers and everyone with a stake in our children’s future. So we’ve set up a way for you to send in your thoughts. You can view our "Request for Information” and see how to submit your suggestions here. You don’t have to answer all of the questions; whatever ideas you have are welcome. The deadline for replying is March 26.
We need as many hands on deck as possible to meet the challenge before us, so we hope you join us by sending in your ideas and getting involved in Let’s Move! in your own community.
Melody Barnes is Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy