In 2010, First Lady, Michelle Obama, launched "Let's Move," a comprehensive initiative dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. Currently, 33% of children in the United States are considered overweight or obese.
Everyone in the community has a role to play in reducing childhood obesity. Increasing physical activity is just one of the five pillars in the First Lady's "Let's Move" initiative. As a high school student, what do you see as the biggest barriers to students maintaining a healthy lifestyle by remaining physically active? What can schools, families and your community do to address these barriers in an effort to decrease childhood obesity?
ESSAY CONTEST GUIDELINES:
- All participants must be in their sophomore or junior year of high school.
- Essays should be original compositions; no less than 750 words, or no more than 1,000 words with evidence that supports their findings.
- All essays must include the essay contest cover sheet (SEE MRS. CURRAN IN GUIDANCE FOR YOUR COVER SHEET), and have both the student and his/her guidance counselor's signature.
- Essays must be postmarked on or before FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012 and should be mailed to: Congressional Black Caucus Spouses, Attn: Essay Contest, 1720 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20036.
- Winners will be selected on or before Friday, August 3, 2012 and all winners must be available to read a portion of their essays at the CBC Spouses Essay Contest and Issues Forum, on Thursday, September 20, 2012 in Washington, D.C.