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Let's Move

A call to action for mayors and elected officials

Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled. Today, nearly one in three children in our nation is obese or overweight. One-third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives. Many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and asthma. A recent study put the health care costs of obesity-related diseases at $147 billion per year. This epidemic also affects the nation’s security, as obesity is now one of the most common disqualifiers for military service.

In a January 2010 address, First Lady Michelle Obama called mayors to take a leadership role in the Let’s Move! initiative to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation.

Become a Let’s Move City or Town

Let’s Move Cities and Towns is designed to encourage mayors and elected officials to adopt a long-term, sustainable and holistic approach to fighting childhood obesity. Mayors and elected officials can be the leaders on this effort across the country and with all of us working together, this problem can be solved. This initiative recognizes that every city is different, and every town will require a distinct approach to the issue.

To see the steps in becoming a Let’s Move City or Town, check here.

Visit the Let’s Move website to learn more about the program.

Washington’s Let’s Move Cities and Towns

Airway Heights
Bremerton
Cheney
Friday Harbor
Kenmore
Lacey
Langley
Olympia
Port Angeles
Seattle
Shoreline
Spokane
Stanwood
Tacoma
Vancouver
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