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First lady begins fight against childhood obesity

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(First Lady Michelle Obama introduces a new nationwide campaign
to combat childhood obesity, "Let's Move." Photo: The White House)


WASHINGTON. - First lady Michelle Obama is launching a nationwide campaign against childhood obesity.
     
It's part of her effort to teach America's children about better nutrition and exercise.
     
She says the Let's Move campaign will encourage more physical activity for children along with healthier food in schools and more accurate food labeling.
     
Some of her initiatives will require congressional action, including tax breaks for grocery stores to move into poorly served communities.
     
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