going green

First Lady Michelle Obama visits Fort Jackson, South Carolina, January 27

CNN : First Lady Michelle Obama took her campaign to battle childhood obesity to the military on Thursday. “It’s not just a health issue for children, its a national security issue,” Mrs. Obama said at Fort Jackson in South Carolina as she promoted her ‘Let’s Move!’ initiative. Fort Jackson is the Army’s largest basic training facility.

Obama attended a briefing led by Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, the Army’s Deputy Commanding General for training, on the poor state of physical fitness for today’s youth, and the difficulty for the military to attract new recruits who can meet basic fitness standards. Of the 129,000 new recruits every year, approximately 40 percent are overweight.

While at Fort Jackson, Obama also toured the base and visited it’s “Go Green” dining program, which encourages healthy eating. She also attended a ceremony for 1,100 soldiers of the First battalion thirty fourth regiment, 165th brigade who were graduating from basic training.

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12 Responses to “going green”

  1. January 27, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Goodness, 40% of 129,000 recruits are overweight! Not too many years ago, I read that a good number of eighteen- and nineteen-year-olds had significant plaque in their arteries. Sad story. I keep wondering how my own arteries are. In the middle of December I had something called an echocardiagram which showed my heart functioning fine, so perhaps my arteries are fairly clear? Who knows. At eighty, I’m surprised my heart hasn’t given up in exhaustion. In two years I’ve lived twice as long as my poor mother. It’s all good. I have two big plantings of tulips I want to enjoy come spring!

    Perhaps something like that could be used as an incentive. Michelle says in soldiers, it’s a case of national security. In civilian women, do you want to enjoy your grandchildren, your garden, get a book published, paint your house yourself, refinish a chest of drawers?

    • 2 majii
      January 27, 2011 at 7:24 pm

      I’ve seen obesity in some of our young people firsthand, Joan, and it is debilitating for many of them because they can’t participate in sports, are made fun of in schools, and are not as well-accepted as the other kids. I was a high school teacher before I retired, and I remember losing a student who was very dear to me to obesity. This kid had a great personality, could sing like a bird, and came from a good family. His father was police chief in the small town where I worked. He went to sleep one night and didn’t wake up the next morning. It was devastating.

      I remember going into the cafeteria at lunchtime and seeing the kids buying extra french fries, ice cream, cookies, and soft drinks to eat along with their lunch. I would ask them why they would eat these extras everyday, and they would say that it was because they wanted them. I would try to get them to realize the impact of what they were eating on their future health, but few of them listened. Obesity in our young is a very serious problem, and it’s past the time for us to follow our FL’s lead and work to change it. I had students who wanted to go into the military after graduating but were turned down.

      I can only hope and pray that I live to be your age, Joan. You sure don’t blog like someone who is older, and your picture sure doesn’t show your age. You may be like I am, Joan. I keep my mind and body active, and keep up with what’s going on in the world and oftentimes people don’t think I’m 58. Let’s keep them guessing!

  2. 3 Proud of Obama
    January 27, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Love that coat, Mrs. O!

  3. 4 A.L.Zymers
    January 27, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Congratulations on your longevity, Joan!

  4. 5 Yvonne D Baskerville
    January 27, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    My heart beats faster each time that I see our brillant First Lady reaching out to the Youth of our Country; this was a masterful move to cross that barrier over to the Military and to assure the Soldiers that it truly matters to all of us — that they eat well — train properly — and live to come home to a healthy life-style with their Families.

    One cannot read their minds by their Faces — yet we know that they will remember always that she cared enough to leave the comfort of the White House to come down to their base and to mingle and share genuine concern for their well-being. I an so proud of her Mother Mrs. Robinson — I pray daily for her to continue her long productive life; she has shaped her Daughter, and her Son, into Citizens of whom America must remain proud.

    Eventually Sasha and Malia will grow into strong, educated, women who have received that special love and guidance that only a loving Christian Grand Mother can give. How blessed she is — how blessed we all are — to reap the harvest that Mr. and Mrs Robinson sowed on the South side of Chicago.

    At 75 years of age — I have many events in my own life as a military wife that remind me how difficult it was to raise Children — and later Grand Children — while moving about the country, still learning, still studying; still growing into my personal self. Daily, I pray for this wonderful Family; Nightly I thank our Higher Power for allowing us to share their version of the American Dream.

    May GOD coontinue to bless whoever manages this site and whoever sent me the first messages and photos last Fall — my life is richer for it. Those negative media were about to drive me over the edge — I was beginning to think that all of this country had gone crazy.

    Thank you for these realistic and current videos of the real Capitol — I have been here since January 1941 and have never felt the pride I know today. Even though we don’t have a real vote in Congress — we still love America and here we will remain. Thanks again. MsYDB

    • January 27, 2011 at 6:50 pm

      What an absolutely beautiful comment Yvonne, and what a truly lovely tribute to this wonderful First Lady. It means so much to hear someone who has lived through the difficulties of being a military wife appreciate the efforts being made by the President and First Lady to try and make that life just a little easier to bear. I appreciate your comment so much Yvonne, it’s people like you who make putting this blog together a complete joy. Love, Chipsticks.

      • 7 majii
        January 27, 2011 at 7:28 pm

        I love you, Chipsticks! I’m hoping that one day we pragmati can meet each other. Maybe at the next inauguration is what I’m hoping for. It would be more than great to meet the wonderful family of bloggers that support our president. I feel like I know you all already.

        • January 27, 2011 at 7:58 pm

          Love ya back Majii! Oh wow, what a lovely thought, all of us meeting up on the Mall on a beautiful icicle-cold January morning 🙂 Fired up? READY TO GO!!!!!!

          • 9 VC prezOfan2
            January 28, 2011 at 1:17 am

            You had me thinking such a meeting sounded like a great idea until I read ‘icicle-cold’. Winter is NOT my favourite season.

            • 10 Carol
              January 28, 2011 at 12:10 pm

              Well, we could rent a big hotel suite and drink hot chocolate while watching the Inauguration. I wanted to go the last time, but I now know that wouldn’t have been good for my health. And I refuse to freeze outdoors if I don’t really have to.

              Think about it, sitting around a 4-bedroom suite with an open bar, hot chocolate and coffee percolating watching a wide-screen tv while the common room fills up with fellow bloggers. We could laugh and comment, and eat and watch some more.

              • 11 VC prezOfan2
                January 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm

                I am thinking about it, and this picture seems more like ‘moi’. This is something we could percolate on the back burner to be updated as the time rolls around. I’m not a good organizer, but I am interested. Who amongst us is an organiser who doesn’t like the cold, but is caught by the idea of getting together in January 2013?

  5. 12 VC prezOfan2
    January 28, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    I’m thinking about it, and this picture seems more like ‘moi’. Could we explore this possibility? Braver souls could brave the cold while the less courageous occupy the suites with the wide-scree TVs, then the groups could meet up at a mutually advantageous venue. I’m not a good organizer, but I feel sure a great organiser, or two, is in our audience. Thee is time to actually plan ahead. What do you guys think, is this worth investigating for January 2013?

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