USOC supports First Lady's campaign to address childhood obesity

Feb. 09, 2010, 1:19 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) statements regarding First Lady Michelle Obama's campaign:

"The USOC has pledged our support to First Lady Michelle Obama's initiative to combat childhood obesity," said Scott Blackmun , USOC Chief Executive Officer. "As outlined in the Olympic Charter, it is our mission to encourage and support the development of sport for all, and along with our member organizations, we are focused on promoting physical activity for children and increasing opportunities for participation. Through expanded athletic opportunities, our children can learn to lead active, healthy lifestyles. Together, we are committed to helping reduce the rate of childhood obesity and to collaborating with the First Lady to provide expertise on this important initiative."

"Our country's elite athletes have set standards for excellence, and they have inspired young people for generations," said Willie Banks, President of the U.S. Olympians Association. "Their individual dedication to physical activity and healthy lifestyles provides the ideal platform, and the thousands of U.S. Olympians and Paralympians are committed to serving as ambassadors for First Lady Michelle Obama's nationwide campaign to tackle the growing health challenge of childhood obesity. We are proud to assist as role models and join in promoting physical education that will help our children thrive."

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