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Wednesday
May042011

Michelle Obama Busts a Move for Health Initiative

LetsMove [dot] gov(WASHINGTON) -- It’s not every day that you see the first lady of the United States doing “The Running Man” and “The Dougie.”  But on Tuesday, Michelle Obama, well, busted a move.

While visiting the Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, D.C., Mrs. Obama watched students perform the dance routine choreographed by Beyonce for Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign.  The video, called a “Let's Move!" flash workout, is set to Beyonce’s "Move Your Body” and aims to get kids moving in an attempt to curb childhood obesity.

“Beyoncé is one of my favorite performers on the planet.  And when she agreed to remake her video and do this "Let's Move!" flash workout, I was so excited, because this is what we’ve been talking about -- that exercise and moving can be fun,” Mrs. Obama said.  “It’s about dancing, it’s about moving.”

The first lady said that she she hadn't had time to learn the moves so as “not to embarrass” herself, she’d just watch from the sidelines as the students danced in front of her on the football field.

But once the music started, Mrs. Obama couldn’t resist and she started mimicking the moves -- including The Dougie, The Running Man, the Cha-Cha, and the Rumba, among many other choreographed dance moves.

She called for a second playing of the song so she could join in, which she did.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Apr292011

Beyonce Joins Michelle Obama's Initiative to Fight Childhood Obesity

KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In a lively video released Wednesday, Beyonce, clad in short shorts, green knee socks and signature stilettos, leads a cafeteria full of kids in a dance routine, encouraging them to move their bodies.  Beyonce created the video to promote first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign, which seeks to curb childhood obesity.

The Grammy Award-winning singer joins the ranks of other high-profile celebrities, including Ellen DeGeneres, Scarlett Johansson and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who have all volunteered their fame to promote a healthy lifestyle.

"Beyonce clearly recognizes that schools play a pivotal role in obesity prevention, including healthy school meals, and opportunities for an hour or more a day of moderate to vigorous physical activity," said Dr. George R. Flores, senior program manager of the California Endowment.

In the music video, Beyonce bounds into a busy cafeteria singing a remix of her song "Get Me Bodied," with words encouraging kids to "move your body."

"A little sweat ain't never hurt nobody," Beyonce sings with some everyday students turned dancers, behind her.

The first lady launched the "Let's Move!" campaign last year.  The movement gives facts, tips and advice on how families and schools can create healthier meals and incorporate more physical activity into their daily lives.

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