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A Letter from The White House: Michelle Obama to Paul Gale.

July 13, 2012

The White House

July 10, 2012

Mr. Paul Gale
(Home Address)

Dear Paul:

Thank you for writing to me. It has been heartening to hear from people who are interested in helping
to combat childhood obesity, and I thank you for taking the time to share your ideas with me. We launched
an initiative here at the White House called Let’s Move! to address this growing concern, and we need ideas
like yours for this initiative to be successful.

Childhood obesity rates in America have tripled over the past three decades, and for the first time in
our Nation’s history, the current generation may be on track to have a shorter lifespan than their parents.
These trends are startling, but I am encouraged because I know that individuals and organizations are
already hard at work to combat this issue.

We launched Let’s Move! with an ambitious national goal of solving the challenge of childhood
obesity within a generation, so that children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight. Let’s
Move!
will engage every sector impacting the health of children to achieve this national goal, and will
provide schools, families, and communities simple tools to help kids be more active, eat better, and get
healthy. This initiative is comprehensive, collaborative, and community-oriented, and it will specifically
address the various factors that lead to childhood obesity by helping parents make healthier choices for their
families, providing healthier foods in schools, increasing physical activity, and improving access to
affordable food in all communities.

We are going to need everyone working together to achieve our goal, and so I urge you to join us
online at www.LetsMove.gov, where you can stay updated on news and connect with our efforts. Our
strength as a Nation and our ability to responsibly shape our future depends upon tackling this issue, and I
hope you stay active in the fight against obesity in your home community. Thank you again for writing. I
wish you all the best.

Sincerely,
Michelle Obama

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I received this very kind letter in the mail today from Mrs. Michelle Obama and just wanted to share it with all of you. What Mrs. Obama wrote to me is greatly appreciated. It’s an honor to have The White House acknowledge my efforts in helping America battle childhood obesity and I couldn’t be a stronger advocate of the cause. I will end this with one great thank you to Mrs. Michelle Obama and an extended invitation to everyone this message reaches:

Any fitness tip you would like, whether it’s martial arts/self defense related, getting help to lose fat, build muscle, increase your flexibility, improve your balance, or simply becoming more conscious of the foods you eat…it’s my most sincere pleasure to offer you my advice online, free of charge. Thank you and yes, Mrs. Obama, I’ll be proud to also help promote LetsMove.gov.

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Will July 13, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Well Paul this is one hell of an achievement and you should proud of your self, to be getting a letter from the White House.
I deal with obesity, but I started working out 2 years and even though I’m still a little fat, I’ve replaced a good amount in muscle.
Thank you for trying to make this country healthier for it use, but after the weight problems are covered, let focus on education, they’re are to many idiots in this and the coming generations.

Paul Gale July 14, 2012 at 12:02 am

Thank you very much, Will, and the best of luck to you in continuing on your path. Great work already. πŸ™‚ It’s not always easy, but man is it worth it. I’m happy you shared a bit of your own story and yes, I also agree on boosting up our education.

Tetiro July 13, 2012 at 11:56 pm

I take my hat off to you, that is a achievement and a half, bravo!

Paul Gale July 14, 2012 at 12:03 am

Thank you, pal. πŸ™‚

Tetiro July 14, 2012 at 3:28 am

No worries man πŸ˜€

I should really check the good old USA out. But game developing takes up my time lol.

I completely agree with the trying to tackle childhood obesity. America isn’t the only one. The UK was named the fattest country in Europe. Bad times eh?

Paul Gale July 14, 2012 at 10:24 pm

I bet that some of UK’s obesity problem is thanks to American fast food, lol. Hopefully my initiative will reach across the pond. πŸ™‚ Free personal training tips online to you, any time you ask.

Tetiro July 15, 2012 at 8:14 am

Actually yeh I do need some tips. Over my uni years, I gained a bit of excess fat due to unhealthy food. Now I’m back home I’m trying to lose the excess fat so I can start toning again. Any tips?

Paul Gale July 15, 2012 at 12:43 pm

For starters, keep your metabolism up by eating smaller portioned meals, frequently throughout the day. Don’t allow yourself to ever get hungry or go a great amount of hours without consuming food. Drink plenty of water as it will help out your digestive system and artificially fill you up, thus curving a bit of your appetite. Things like a boca burger, tomato, and pickles…with some added cayenne pepper and seasoning, placed between some thick, big leaves of lettuce only add up to 100 or so calories, yet you’ll have the satisfying feeling of just having had a big, fat 700 calorie burger. A great fraction less of the total calories and almost no fat.

Fruit is your friend, vegetables are great. Try minimizing things like candy, chips, cheese, soda, and alcohol. Doing so will help you lose fast quickly. Also, you can boost up your metabolism by getting in some exercise, every day. For everyone I train, I recommend them get in two separate 5 minute “workout” sessions a day; once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Some ask if that even does anything, and I give them an analogy of finding a $1 bill, twice a day, every day.

Sure, at first, $1 doesn’t look like much, but it’d be worth picking up if you knew that after a month of doing so, twice a day, you’d be 60 bucks richer, right? Well with this little 5 minute workout of pushups, situps, lunges, jogging in place, doing dips on the side of our bed, etc., twice a day, it adds up to 5 hours of month of additional exercise. Those 5 hours total are 5 hours that you wouldn’t have normally done, those are more fat calories that you’ve burned that would normally still be around.

Obviously, if you want to get into incredible shape, you’ll have to work out more often and eat a lot better, but the above tips are solid and easy enough to start, and not too intimidating, that anyone can find some success with it.

Tetiro July 15, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Okay, I’ll give this a good, hopefully this will work!

Spola1994 July 14, 2012 at 2:24 am

Wow a letter from the white house! Nice goal, anyway! I think it’s a good thing making an initiative like this. I know how fat kids could be demotivated in losing weight. I had the same problem and I had to work a lot to lose weight, but that was worth… Anyway I would like to try Krav Maga at the end of the summer, it seems great. Do you know this martial art? πŸ™‚

Paul Gale July 14, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Thanks a lot and congratulations on your own success…I hope you keep it up! And yes, I’m familiar with Krav Maga and definitely suggest you give it a try this summer. πŸ™‚

Spola1994 July 19, 2012 at 4:15 am

Thanks, I’ll definitely try it πŸ˜€

8bithero July 14, 2012 at 6:24 am

wow congrats man, thats a pretty nice accomplishment right there!

Paul Gale July 14, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Thank you, man!

D_G July 14, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Paul, this is a fantastic achievement! Great job, sir! It’s people like you who have a shot at making the world a better place.

Paul Gale July 14, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Thank you very much for the kind comment; it’s greatly appreciated.

ackme-b July 25, 2012 at 9:09 am

thats a nice achievement congratulations and also I want to thank you for that because people like you are the best and also I know that the obbesity is a big deal in every part of the world and makes bad symptoms like low self-esteem or depression I know that because I used to have it :S so dude give the best of you to help πŸ˜‰

Paul Gale July 25, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Well thank you very much for saying that; I definitely appreciate it. I’m also glad to hear that you’re doing well. πŸ™‚

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