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First lady announces 'Let's Move' video winners

July 12, 2012|By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times
  • First Lady Michelle Obama gets a workout with kids in Florida. "Let's Move" is one of her health initiatives.
First Lady Michelle Obama gets a workout with kids in Florida. "Let's… (Associated Press )

Michelle Obama announced the Oscars of a competition that's part of her "Let's Move" campaign. She had invited community leaders to show off in video their efforts to promote wellness and fight childhood obesity.

"With lots of creativity and a great sense of fun, these congregations and organizations have shown us the inspiring work being done across the country to help our children lead healthier lives," Obama said in a statement Wednesday. She also said she hopes the videos inspire others.

The winners will be invited to the White House and to meet with the first lady.

The first-prize went to Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Eatonville, Fla.

Macedonia Missionary’s video “Fit With Faith” shows exercising in a program that takes a multigenerational approach. That video and all the winners of the Let’s Move Communities on the Move video challenge can be seen on the program’s website.

The California City of San Fernando Partnership for Healthy Families received the most online votes, so it was given the popular choice award for its video about its 100 Citizens: Role Models for the Future program. The video highlights its fitness program in San Fernando parks.

Honorable mentions went to several videos, including two from San Jose: San Jose State University/Most Holy Trinity Church Food Justice Ministry and the South Valley Family YMCA.

The Most Holy Trinity Church Food Justice Ministry is a partnership between San Jose State University and the Most Holy Trinity Church in Santa Clara. Their video shows youth dancing. The South Valley Family YMCA video shows the after-school program, which includes nutrition education and tasting activities for families.

Other honorable mentions went to the Hispanic Health Council in Hartford, Conn.; LiveWell Wheat Ridge in Wheat Ridge, Colo.; Long Island Head Start in Patchogue, N.Y.; the Martha O'Bryan Center in Nashville; and the Philadelphia Campaign for Healthier Schools in Philadelphia.

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