By Nikki Roberti - First lady Michelle Obama joined Sportacus from the TV show “Lazy Town” at a soccer clinic for about 50 children Friday as part of her campaign against childhood obesity.
Washington, D.C. - infoZine - Scripps Howard Foundation Wire - Her campaign against childhood obesity is called "Let's Move!" and Michelle Obama demonstrated some moves herself Friday morning at a soccer clinic for about 50 children.
Clad in black sports gear, the first lady kicked soccer balls into the middle of the indoor field where two teams of children raced for the ball in a short scrimmage. Later she participated in running, dribbling and weaving drills with the children.
"You all have to exercise, and soccer is one of my favorite ways of doing it," Obama said to the children. "Soccer is one of those sports that teaches you all the fundamentals that helps you with every other sport you're interested in."
The first lady told the children how her two daughters have been playing soccer since they were young, although Sasha prefers basketball.
"We are so pleased the first lady has taken time out of her busy schedule to join us this morning for the children's soccer camp," said Ed Foster-Simeon, president of the U.S. Soccer Foundation.
The foundation announced its new partnership with the national Alliance for Hispanic Health at the Addidas-sponsored soccer clinic.
Through the partnership, the U.S. Soccer Foundation's Passback Tour and the Alliance's "¡Vive tu Vida! Get Up! Get Moving!" event series will create a combined tour that will visit 25 U.S. cities.
¡Vive tu Vida! Get Up! Get Moving! is the nation's largest Hispanic family health lifestyle event series with over 15,000 annual participants. The joint tour offers children and their families free health screenings and soccer clinics. The screenings will test for cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes and dental health for children and adults with referrals to community clinics and health providers. The tour will also offer other sporting activities, including yoga, dance and tennis.
Children's television star Sportacus from the Nick Jr. show "LazyTown" is also participating in the tour to provide warm-up activities for the children.
Sportacus is played by Magnus Scheving, the founder and CEO of "LazyTown." At the clinic, he encouraged children to run and have fun being healthy.
Soccer clinics, like the one Obama attended, are to encourage children to get the 60 minutes of "active play" and exercise recommended to them by the Let's Move! campaign.
"You have to get moving," Obama said to the children. "You've got to exercise."
Just blatantly abusing an excuse to share one of my obscure pet fandoms with this comm. LazyTown is one of the most well-made childrens' shows I've ever seen, and I think it'd help put a dent in childhood obesity if it started airing in the USA again. That, and I'm amused that Michelle's awesome enough to keep up with Mr. Flipityflipityflip.