White House Helps Get Military Families Fit for Free


First Lady Michelle Obamaannounced three new physical fitness opportunities for military families on Monday.  

  1. The International Health, Racquet and Sports Club Association would offer free memberships to immediate family members of actively deployed reservists.
  2. The American Council on Exercise would provide at least 1 million hours of free personal training.
  3. The President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition – composed of athletes, nutritionists, pediatricians, trainers and educators – will hold a series of events with military families.

Mrs. Obama has been working hard to fight obesity, and despite the free offers to military families to remain healthy, she says that "it doesn't take money" to fight it.

"This isn't about physical prowess," she said. "It's about movement. And we have to go from sitting to standing to walking to moving."

Proving just that, she was joined by council co-chair gymnast Dominique Dawes, and council members including figure skater Michelle Kwan and Hill of the Phoenix Suns and Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets as they led demonstrations at activity stations on the South Lawn.

About 80 children and their parents participated in the activities included dancing, ball tossing and a three-part obstacle course.


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