Mike Green visits White House for First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative
Bettman talked about the NHL’s partnership with Let’s Move! and Ogrean presented the First Lady with a USA Hockey “FLOTUS” jersey. Bettman introduced Obama, who talked about the Let’s Move! initiative, stressing that children need to get 60 minutes of exercise a day. Green, Obama, Bettman, Ogrean, Blackhawks alternate captain Patrick Sharp and students from Powell Elementary School then participated in a ceremonial puck drop to start the clinic. The clinic participants were third and fourth-grade students from Powell Elementary School, the school the Capitals adopted during the 2010-11 season, 13-18-year-olds from the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Program and local members of the American Special Hockey Association.
The NHL built a rink on the driveway on the South Lawn that was divided into four interactive sections: a warm up area where children did exercises, stickhandle challenge area, hardest shot and an area for scrimmaging. All of the participants were divided into groups and each received either a Capitals or Blackhawks jersey.
Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. Combining comprehensive strategies with common sense, Let’s Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years. The five pillars of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative are: creating a healthy start for children, empowering parents and caregivers, providing healthy food in schools, improving access to healthy, affordable foods and increasing physical activity. Everyone has a role to play in reducing childhood obesity, including parents and caregivers, elected officials from all levels of government, schools, health care professionals, faith-based and community-based organizations, and private sector companies.
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