First Lady Michelle Obama exercises with Harlem children at a Let's Move event held at the New York Police Athletic Center in New York City on November 18, 2010.
Photo story by Margot L. Jordan, International Photojournalist
First Lady Michelle Obama visited Harlem's Police Athletic League (PAL) center to lead a workout session to promote her Let's Move campaign, a nationwide initiative to combat childhood obesity. PAL youngsters waited with excitement as the First Lady arrived dressed in purple fitness attire. She got the little ones to promise to exercise more and “turn off the TV.” Some of the youngsters told the First Lady that they saw her promote the Let's Move campaign on The Disney channel.
The First Lady joined the children by running in place, doing several pushups, jumping jacks and later a relay shuttle run. Michelle Obama also took time out to acknowledge the First Lady of the State of New York, Michelle Paterson, who has been busy promoting a fitness and healthy eating campaign around New York State.
Before the final group photo, the First Lady was hugged by many eager PAL youngsters. It was a fitting expression from the children of Harlem. Earlier, the First Lady visited with Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory A. Booker and school children from Newark's Maple Avenue School. “You are our future, that's why I spent so much time with you guys,” said The First Lady.
Before heading back to the nation’s capital, the First Lady took in a Broadway performance of FELA. Robert Morgenthau, PAL Chairman and former Manhattan District Attorney was pleased with Mrs. Obama's visit and her positive impact on the children. “She's a great role model,” he exclaimed. For more information about Let’s Move, visit www.LetsMove.gov.
Source: Margot L. Jordan, 646 226 6652