The Road to The Olympics With Michelle Obama

An exclusive letter from First Lady Michelle Obama to the iVillage Community.

Later this week, I will have the honor of leading the US delegation to London to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. I’ll be in the stands, cheering for our athletes, celebrating the dedication and the drive that has brought them to this moment and marveling at the truly amazing displays of athletic achievement.

Some of these athletes will bring home a medal, but all of them will make our country proud, and all of them will inspire a generation of young people to get active, to strive for excellence, and to pursue whatever dreams they may hold in their hearts.

This summer, let’s support Team USA not just by cheering them on, but by striving to live up to the example they set. Let’s encourage our children to get active just like their Olympic heroes. This year, in support of my Let’s Move! initiative to solve the problem of childhood obesity, the United States Olympic Committee, U.S. Paralympics, the U.S. Olympians Association, and USOC National Governing Bodies for sport have committed to giving 1.7 million young people the chance to participate in Olympic and Paralympic sports in their communities – many of them for the very first time. And that is so important, because sometimes all it takes is that first lesson, or clinic, or class to get a child excited about a new sport. Find a program in your community here.

We’re also working with elected officials, community leaders and parents to organize active events around the country through Meetup.com on Saturday, July 28th, the first day of competition in London. You can get friends, family and neighbors together to support red, white and blue by participating in fun activities in your community! Find a Let's Move! Meetup near you or get one going in your town here.

Whether it’s signing up for an Olympic sport or just getting up and doing jumping during commercial breaks, we can all make simple changes at home to help our families be healthier. This summer, we can commit to drinking more water or adding more fruits, vegetables and whole grains to our diets. We can take a walk with our families after dinner or turn on the radio and dance in the living room.

I hope you’ll join me in whatever way works for your family to bring the Olympic spirit into our homes and help all our children lead healthier lives.

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