Michelle Obama Walks the Walk on Fitness, Health

First lady joins administration's push for more positive habits
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2009 4:40 PM CDT
Michelle Obama Walks the Walk on Fitness, Health
First lady Michelle Obama walks the family dog, Bo, on the South Lawn of the White House, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

The Obama administration's push for better fitness and nutrition starts at the top, with the gym-rat president and garden-planting first lady setting the bar high for a nation of couch potatoes. It's all about moderation, Michelle Obama tells Prevention magazine. "My message to women: Do what makes you feel good, because there’ll always be someone who thinks you should do it differently."

  • On healthy eating: "I love french fries, I like a good burger, and I like pie. And that’s okay. I would be depressed if I felt I could never eat the things that I love."
  • Something that probably went without saying: "I enjoy arm exercises."
  • On getting into the best shape of her life after 40: "There was a period, actually right before the campaign started up, that I was really in tip-top shape. I was really there." She adds, laughing, "And then my husband ran for president."
(More Michelle Obama stories.)

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