Michelle Obama to visit Mississippi on Wednesday

By Ben Watson - bio | email

HERNANDO, MS (WMC-TV) - Michelle Obama will visit a Jackson, Mississippi school on Wednesday to talk to students about childhood obesity.

The first lady has recently spearheaded a new initiative to end childhood obesity.  The program, "Let's Move," targets four areas, including serving healthier foods in schools.

Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson is excited about Michelle Obama's visit, and her message.

"I think its going to be great for our children," Johnson said.

Johnson was among a number of people invited to the White House recently to share ideas about how to encourage better diets and more exercise among young people.

"The way I see this, there is nothing Democratic or Republican; there is nothing liberal or conservative about wanting our kids to lead active healthy lives," he said.

Part of the first lady's campaign puts a focus on getting Americans to eat healthy foods like fruits and vegetables.

While in Jackson, Michelle Obama will also tour a walking trail at Pecan Park Elementary with students and Governor Haley Barbour.  Obama reportedly has high praise for the walking trails Barbour recently spearheaded.

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