The White House
July 10, 2012
Mr. Paul Gale
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.
A Letter from The White House: Michelle Obama to Paul Gale (Large)
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.