A statewide initiative to promote a healthier lifestyle kicks off at Maryland's first childhood obesity summit.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
State officials at a summit on childhood obesity in Baltimore on Tuesday announced the launch of the Institute for a Healthiest Maryland, a statewide initiative to promote healthy lifestyles and environments, fight obesity and tobacco use and help people better manage hypertension and cholesterol. The institute is sponsored by the University of Maryland in partnership with the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
A day of games and nutrition is part of the First Lady's campaign against obesity.
More than 500 children from Rockville summer camps participated in the Let's Move! Celebration of Health on Thursday at Rockville Civic Center Park. Campers participated in games, races and a flash mob-style choreographed dance. Rockville is designated as an official "Let's Move!" city as part of First Lady Michelle Obama's campaign to reduce childhood obesity. Betsy Thompson, the city's superintendent of recreation, explained what it means to be a "Let's Move!" city and how the program gets kids moving.