Since coming into the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama has made the promotion of a healthier America one of her primary goals. Through her Let’s Move! initiative, the First Lady has dedicated her time to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. May of 2012 will mark the one year anniversary of Let’s Move! In Indian Country which brings together federal agencies, local communities, nonprofits, corporate partners, and tribes in order to end the epidemic of childhood obesity in Indian Country within a generation.
We have seen significant progress, both from the various agencies and organizations working to combat childhood obesity, but also from individuals such as Brian “Bear” Bosto, who was recently recognized as a White House Let’s Move! Champion of Change. Bear manages the Brookston Center for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and helped start the “Lax-4-Life” Lacrosse Camp to teach the traditional Native American game of Lacrosse, while also instilling the tribal youth with the leadership and healthy living skills they need to grow up safe and strong.
We want to hear more stories like Bear’s about the positive contributions individuals and organizations are making to their tribes, nations, villages, Pueblos and communities. Please send us your stories, we’re looking forward to hearing from you!
Charlie Galbraith is an Associate Director in the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.