First Lady to Promote Health in MS
Two Mississippi mayors will join first lady Michelle Obama Wednesday to promote ways to fight childhood obesity.
Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. and Tupelo Mayor Jack Reed Jr. are among thirteen local officials scheduled to take part in a Philadelphia event along with Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Obama is seeking broader participation in her "Let's Move!" effort to reduce childhood obesity.
Reed has launched several initiatives. A task force helped concentrate displays of healthy snacks at eight locations. The city's public school students run a mile each day and every second-grader in the city is offered swimming lessons.
Johnson is being honored for Jackson's ten-week walking campaign for city employees, called "Let's Go Jackson." More than two-hundred employees took part.