Michelle Obama Walks the Walk on Fitness, Health

First lady joins administration's push for more positive habits
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2009 4:40 PM CDT
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)
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(Newser) – 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."
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