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First Lady Speaks on Health, Education and Family

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Special to the NNPA from the Los Angeles Sentinel

By Brian W. Carter –

LOS ANGELES (NNPA) - President Barack Obama is hard at work addressing the country's unemployment and healthcare. As the saying goes, "behind every great man, there's a great woman." This statement rings true for our President. First Lady, Michelle Obama who, like the President, is also making strides and influencing change as she addresses important issues within our country.

As First Lady, Obama has become involved with many public services. She has passionately become an advocate for families of the military. Obama also visits homeless shelters and a strong supporter of education. She also has changed the White House cuisine to include more organic foods.

Obama is an active supporter of her husband's policies and stance concerning the country. She's an advocate of woman's rights in which she threw a reception for at the White House. Obama also supports the economic stimulus bill. She has shown her support by visiting the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and the United States Department of Education. On March 2, Obama was a guest at the National Education Association's (NEA) 13th Annual, "Read Across America" day event held at the Library of Congress. The event celebrated the 106th birthday of Dr. Seuss and began a national reading campaign.

"The President of the United States reads all the time," declared Mrs. Obama. "We make sure our girls read every day. They can stay up an extra 30 minutes if they are reading, so you know everyone in our house reads every night."

On March16, the Grocery Manufacturers Association and other food companies invited the First Lady to speak at a science forum, where she addressed the need for healthier foods and snacks for children.

"We need you not to just tweak around the edges but entirely rethink the products you are offering," said Obama.

She launched her campaign to reduce childhood obesity at the beginning of the year. Obama has been talking to schools and nutrition groups throughout the country in effort to increase awareness about obesity. She spoke on misleading food labels, portion size control and more healthy foods endorsed.

Obama is planning her first solo trip to Mexico next month. She will be visiting Mexico City April 13-15. She will meet with First Lady Margarita Zavala to discuss education and economic advancement.

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