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Prevention of Childhood Obesity and Patient Education

AMWA President, Dr. Eliza Chin, announced AMWA’s commitment to the prevention of childhood obesity at the launch of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative in Washington, D.C. AMWA joined the Stop Obesity Alliance and AMWA leader Ryan Smith contacted national youth organizations and local mayors to further this effort. AMWA also participated in a number of public education campaigns on alcohol toxitiy / underage drinking in women and osteoporosis / Vitamin D.

AMWA joined the First Lady at the White House to launch the Let’s Move initiative to eradicate childhood obesity

Eliza Chin and Elena Ong represent AMWAEliza Chin (AMWA President) and Elena Ong represented AMWA at the First Lady’s launch to combat childhood obesity on February 9, 2010 at the White House. Also in attendance were key members of the President’s Cabinet, Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, members of Congress, and representatives from medical, public health, food service, media, and community groups.

AMWA students promote Let’s Move in their community

AMWA’s Childhood Obesity Project Co-Chair, Ryan Smith, met with the Grand Strand Coastal Alliance to discuss the First Lady’s Let’s Move campaign. The Alliance is a strategic and financial partnership between five mayors in South Carolina—Mayor Allen Deaton (Surfside Beach), Mayor John Rhodes (Myrtle Beach), Mayor Ken Corbett (Briarcliffe Acres), Mayor Charlene Taylor (Atlantic Beach), Mayor Marilyn Hatley (North Myrtle Beach)—and other community leaders.  The leaders agreed to join AMWA’s efforts in the prevention of childhood obesity.

A Message from First Lady Michelle Obama on Childhood Obesity

“In the end, as First Lady, this isn’t just a policy issue for me.  This is a passion.  This is my mission.  I am determined to work with folks across this country to change the way a generation of kids thinks about food and nutrition.”

– First Lady Michelle Obama

AMWA Members are encouraged to enter First Lady’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge

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