Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that Lincoln has officially become a "Let's Move City" by committing to the obesity prevention initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama. Anna Wishart, who was elected to the Lincoln Airport Authority in 2011, has been named the spokesperson for the Let's Move Cities, Towns and Counties initiative.
"I was honored to respond to the First Lady's call to action for Mayors and other elected officials to take a leadership role in the effort to solve the problem of obesity within a generation," said Mayor Beutler. "It's important that government leaders recognize the tremendous health and economic burden that obesity and its related diseases have on individuals, the health care system and our City as a whole. The goal of Let's Move is ambitious, but we owe it to our children to do all we can to meet that goal."
Four other Nebraska communities - Sidney, York, Cambridge and South Sioux City - also have committed to the Let's Move initiative and its five goals:
To support the efforts of obesity prevention in Lincoln, Mayor Beutler also announced that the Lincoln- Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) will expand its 54321 Go! childhood obesity prevention program. The expansion is possible because of a two-year grant from the Maternal Child Health Division of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
The LLCHD along with the Teach a Kid to Fish organization, the Malone Community Center, the Salvation Army and other community partners have piloted this project in the area served by the Salvation Army and Malone.
Charlotte Burke, the Manager of LLCHD's Health Promotion and Outreach Division, said children and adults are responding to the program's simple message - setting a daily goal of 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, 4 or more glasses of water, 3 servings of low-fat dairy, 2 hours or less of screen time, and 1 hour or more of physical activity. She said LLCHD and its partners will encourage organizations, businesses, the faith community and families to incorporate the message into their daily lives.
More information on Let's Move is available at letsmove.gov.
More information on 54321 Go! is available at teachakidtofish.org.