Spokane Mayor Mary Verner is trying to get Spokane moving. During a press conference at Bemiss Elementary School today, Verner and regional health officials highlighted programs aimed at preventing childhood obesity and publicized new initiatives to address the childhood obesity epidemic.
Mayor Verner announced that the City of Spokane will join the national Let’s Move! campaign, which was launched by First Lady Michelle Obama on February 9, 2010. Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. Let’s Move! is working to combat the childhood obesity epidemic through a comprehensive approach with schools, families and communities to help kids be more active, eat better, and get healthy.