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First lady visits Atlanta church, encourages healthy living
First lady Michelle Obama visits Northpoint Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, on Wednesday.
February 9th, 2011
07:23 PM ET

First lady visits Atlanta church, encourages healthy living

By John Murgatroyd, CNN

The faith community surrounding Atlanta played host to first lady Michelle Obama for a speech marking the first anniversary of her Let’s Move initiative.

Let’s Move is a program to get children to live more active lifestyles and eat healthier.

Co-hosts were Northpoint Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, and Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Georgia. She spoke in Alpharetta.

“No matter your religious persuasion or political persuasion, we all believe as our children go, so does the nation and as our children’s health goes, so does the nation,” said Andy Stanley, Northpoint’s senior pastor.

“Children are a gift from God. Each one deserves to live life to the fullest and see their dreams come true,” said Cynthia Hale, pastor at Ray of Hope. “Ray of Hope joins with Mrs. Obama in creating healthy lifestyles for our families,” she said.

While her speech did not focus on the church’s mission within Let’s Move, Obama encouraged congregations to get involved with their parishioners.

Let's Move marks first anniversary

“We’re supporting faith leaders who want to build healthier congregations,” she said. “So why not start an exercise ministry where folks inspire each other to get active. Or host cooking classes that teach families to prepare healthier meals."

“It was very inspiring,” said Atlanta resident Carla Lindsay. “I was a little surprised she came to the church, but I’m glad,” she said. Lindsay explained the message is being delivered in a family atmosphere, where it can spread.

“Being African-American, we are suffering being fed on tradition,” said Atlanta resident Shirley Simmons. She said it was “awesome” that  Obama delivered her speech to the faith community.

“This (pointing to her body) is our temple. We only get one. You are what you eat,” Simmons said.

“I eat right, I exercise and I pray everyday,” said Michelle Wilson of Stockbridge, Georgia. Wilson, a nurse, said it’s a better way to live instead of living in a “microwave society where everything is so quick.”

Earlier in the day, the first lady visited Burgess-Peterson Academy in East Atlanta to discuss healthy eating with the students and visit the school's organic garden.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Faith & Health • Georgia

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  3. Steve the real one

    What?? No cries of seperation of church and state? I wonder why?

    February 10, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
    • Nonimus

      Because her message wasn't political or spiritual, perhaps?

      February 10, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • Reality

      The much more important issue:

      Obviously, BO to include his wife won the presidency on the backs of 35 million aborted womb babies and therefore is the leader of the Immoral Majority i.e. the fastest growing USA voting bloc: The 70+ million "Roe vs. Wade mothers and fathers" of aborted womb-babies" whose ranks grow by two million per year.

      2008 Presidential popular vote count 69,456,897 for BO 59,934,814 for JM

      What BO and his wife can do to at least lift part of the Immoral Majority label?

      He says abortions should be "safe, legal and rare" but says nothing about the basic tenet of proper human conduct i.e. Thou Shalt Not Kill. And where is BO's sense of indignation that abortions are not rare and that these acts of horror demean the Golden Rule considering that he says he is a Christian. And where is his sense of indignation that women who use the Pill do not use it properly resulting in an failure rate of 8.7% as per the Gu-ttmacher Inst-itute statistics. Using these and other Gu-ttmacher Insti-tute data, this failure of women to use the Pill properly results in ~1,000,000 unplanned pregnancies every year. And the annual abortion rate in the USA is?? ~1,000,000 as per the CDC.

      And do males use co-ndoms properly? No, as said failure rate for this birth "control" method is 17.4%!! Again using Gu-ttmacher data, said failure rate results in another ~1,000,000 unplanned pregnancies every year.

      The Gu-ttmacher Insti-tute (same reference) notes also that the perfect use of the pill should result in a 0.3% failure rate (35,000 unplanned pregnancies) and for the male condom, a 2% failure rate (138,000 unplanned pregnancies).

      Bottom line: BO is still not aware of the basics of birth control and still remains the leader of the Immoral Majority and will remain so until he becomes a true Christian and one who respects and protects human life in all its forms and who at least emphasizes the proper use of birth control methods!!!

      February 11, 2011 at 9:20 am |
  4. sealchan

    There are few things more important than a good night's sleep, eating in a way that promotes your bodies' health and using your bodies' muscles. If you don't know your own body then what does that say about your att-itude toward knowledge in general? If you don't find it important to know yourself, then upon what value system do you base your sense of the truth? If you cannot even take care of your own body, then how can you claim to know how to take care of anything?

    February 10, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
  5. Reality

    Obviously, BO to include his wife won the presidency on the backs of 35 million aborted womb babies and therefore are the leaders of the Immoral Majority i.e. the fastest growing USA voting bloc: The 70+ million "Roe vs. Wade mothers and fathers" of aborted womb-babies" whose ranks grow by two million per year.

    2008 Presidential popular vote count 69,456,897 for BO 59,934,814 for JM

    What BO and his wife can do to at least lift part of the Immoral Majority label?

    BO says abortions should be "safe, legal and rare" but says nothing about the basic tenet of proper human conduct i.e. Thou Shalt Not Kill. And where is BO's sense of indignation that abortions are not rare and that these acts of horror demean the Golden Rule considering that he says he is a Christian. And where is his sense of indignation that women who use the Pill do not use it properly resulting in an failure rate of 8.7% as per the Gu-ttmacher Inst-itute statistics. Using these and other Gu-ttmacher Insti-tute data, this failure of women to use the Pill properly results in ~1,000,000 unplanned pregnancies every year. And the annual abortion rate in the USA is?? ~1,000,000 as per the CDC.

    And do males use co-ndoms properly? No, as said failure rate for this birth "control" method is 17.4%!! Again using Gu-ttmacher data, said failure rate results in another ~1,000,000 unplanned pregnancies every year.

    The Gu-ttmacher Insti-tute (same reference) notes also that the perfect use of the pill should result in a 0.3% failure rate (35,000 unplanned pregnancies) and for the male condom, a 2% failure rate (138,000 unplanned pregnancies).

    Bottom line: BO is still not aware of the basics of birth control and still remains the leader of the Immoral Majority and will remain so until he becomes a true Christian and one who respects and protects human life in all its forms and who at least emphasizes the proper use of birth control methods!!!

    (hypens used in some words because of the word filter used on this blog)

    February 10, 2011 at 9:02 am |
  6. David Johnson

    I think it is great that the First Lady is reaching out to people. I went to the mall last weekend. There are a lot of really fat people, including kids. You go to the food court and they are all stuffing food into their faces.

    No one should be against trying to get people to stop eating and start moving.

    Some claim they have a compulsive eating disorder. To them, I leave a quote by Joan Rivers: "There were NO fat people coming out of Auschwitz."

    So, eat less, exercise more and don't drink the Kool Aid.

    Cheers!

    February 10, 2011 at 8:57 am |
    • Nonimus

      @David Johnson,
      I generally like your posting, but this is terrible. Comparing eating disorders to death camp survivors is tasteless and inaccurate. Even someone with an eating disorder would still loose weight if there was nothing to eat. (Claims of big boned or endocrine problems might fit, but not eating disorder.)
      Is there a corollary to Godwins law that addresses Auschwitz?

      February 10, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
    • LuXu

      You must be from Chicago, likely on the payroll...

      February 10, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @nominus

      Point being: It is impossible to not lose weight if you don't eat. There really is no excuse for weighing 400 and always pushing Twinkies into your mouth. Take in less calories than you use up, and you will lose.

      Cheers!

      February 10, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • Nonimus

      I understand. So, are you suggesting fat people should go on a starvation diet, which is probably 'the' most unhealthy dieting technique, baring serious medications?
      Thankfully I don't have this issue (yet?), so I don't know for sure, but I don't think it's always as simple as just don't eat so much. It may be a behavior and/or addiction issue. As a former smoker, I know it's not always as easy as, "well don't do that."
      In addition, I have an immediate reaction to people comparing stuff to Nazis or their death camps, unless it's another death camp. I have no connection to them at all, but get tired of the hyperbolic comparisons, usually from IDers or some liberal/neo-con/tea party/move-on type.
      Okay, I've said my bit, I'll shut up now.

      February 10, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
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  8. george in texas

    she wants us all to not eat meat. we are not a hindu country, ok?

    February 10, 2011 at 2:53 am |
  9. MG.

    Will someone tell these hypocrits to shut-up!!!

    February 10, 2011 at 2:38 am |
  10. james

    I wasn't going without her bringing the brats and cheeseburgers.

    February 10, 2011 at 2:23 am |
  11. LuXu

    In what form will "faith leaders" receive Mr. and Mrs. Obama's support? I'm skeptical anything materializes–a certification on White House letterhead and hotlinks to online menus plus activity guides would be a grand gesture. Giving dollars to "support" faith-funded rec facilities seems logical considering (by design) they are open to everyone in the community. Imagine if next time Mrs. Obama delivered her speech via skype and then strategically allocated her travel overhead savings to restore inner-city, faith-based rec facilities...can you feel hell freezing over?

    February 10, 2011 at 2:17 am |
  12. JRL

    @LAD-tks for your comments. I wasn't even aware of all that in FL. So many issues going on that could & need to be addressed and so much energy seems to always be put in only one or two things. You brought up a lot of good pts esp on FDA. I won't get started on them(long part on them that is) but it's like a barely legal govt organization that just barely slips through the cracks with so many things/issues. Like they just barely stay in the box with food, drugs of all sorts, weight loss crap etc to make it okay, halfway legal or pass; funny part most time years later after enough problems, enough deaths etc it finally is taken off of the market; they finally come out with the truth & change stuff (ie too many yrs later juices (as u mentioned) or other stuff even).

    February 10, 2011 at 2:13 am |
  13. JRL

    @ Q, I'm trying to be respectful too, but you only know or seem to want to only see the truth on one side of the issue. I'm not pinning my problems on this issue. I'm saying it's only making matters with me & others worse and causing worse problems that didn't have to be/could be prevented. For the most part those stats are right , but how many reports are spoken about the numbers of eating disorders (keeping in mind some ppl with compulisve overeating are thrown in the obestiy category) or costs of them overall as well as mortality? I mean I wouldn't get stupid remarks of ppl knowing little of eating disorders or just balance in general if money was spent on both sides equally. Most ppl want to think/believe the issue of obesity is much bigger than actually is cuz of so many studies done on it or almost everyday reports. I know if I was fed/told same stuff everyday, I would start to believe it. Also, How much money, time is spent on weight loss efforts that most times won't last, when could be used on better things to bring balance as a whole? Sincerely speaking, I'm for saving lives as a whole, not helping ppl lose weight to only gain it back or helping ppl lose weight or obsess causing eating disorder numbers to rise and deaths on both ends. I don't think it should be all about just obesity or just eating disorders...needs to be health as a whole. Like I read, health, not weight needs to be stressed. Most of the time when healthier eating/exercise is talked about it's for weight loss reasons though or general wrong reasons all together. The last few sentences what you said have so many valid points, that even those itself need to be taken into consideration when dealing with honestly fragile issues lk this. I got a report not too long ago from organization called FREED (ed organization have advocated for that believes in bringing balance & addressing both sides); signatures were added to the whole obesity campaign to make sure both sides were addressed. For most part it's not being done that way, behind closed doors or if someone speaks up then it is.

    February 10, 2011 at 1:49 am |
  14. VoiceOfReason

    The first lady spends my taxpaying dollars to tell me & my family how to eat, but did you see the menu for the White House's Super Bowl party?Can you say "hypocrite?"

    February 10, 2011 at 1:13 am |
  15. NewRome

    And the LAWRD asked for Money.

    February 10, 2011 at 12:40 am |
  16. JRL

    @ Q again you, as many, don't know the truth of both sides but just believe everything you hear or what the 'majority' tell you. There's a lot of hidden truth (specifically money wise society/health care doesn't want you to know about this) & will be glad to post the things on this if you would lk. I'm not saying yet again (repeating) this isn't an important issue but does need to be addressed the right way & with balance. As well taken into acct everyones body is different. Now, you don't know my personal situation and yes this has indeed made my situation go into full force relapse as was doing well until things started becoming one sided and many around me started silentily suffering & barely being spoken for. I would really like to know as many problems, even bigger problems (list) this country is facing, why we are so concerned with a weight crisis?! Is important issue to be dealt with, but not a top priority when country is going to pot in other ways.

    February 10, 2011 at 12:29 am |
    • Q

      Again, with respect, whatever issues you may be facing personally cannot be pinned to any attempt to encourage healthier lifestyles via balanced nutrition and exercise. You ask, "...why we are so concerned with a weight crisis?" Obesity is a direct contributor to many of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in the U.S. The CDC estimates direct and indirect annual costs relating to obesity and obesity-related disease at 147 billion dollars, const-ituting 9.1 percent of medical spending. Not only is this an issue which directly affects the current need to reign in health-care costs, but is also an issue of quality of life (particularly for those minority communities which are disproportionately affected by obesity). Clearly, there are a mult-itude of related issues, from how we produce food to socioeconomic factors influencing choices at the grocery store to cultural influences on perceptions of obesity and its related health risks. Whether we link obesity to genetic predispositions, behavioral choices or some combination, the health risks a-ssociated with obesity are well established. Granted, individuals will respond differently to various types of interventions (behavioral, pharmacological, etc), but public health experience has indicated these types of simple educational programs can yield positive results for a relatively minimal investment. The difficulty, as always, is to provide beneficial information in a manner which encourages and doesn't stigmatize.

      February 10, 2011 at 1:25 am |
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