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Booker, Modell's & NETS to Celebrate Obama Initiative

February 14, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker will celebrate the first anniversary of ‘Let’s Move!’, a program launched by First Lady Michelle Obama dedicated to solving the problem of child obesity within a generation, when the NETS host the San Antonio Spurs tonight at the Prudential Center.
Mayor Booker, recently appointed Honorary Vice-Chair to the Partnership for a Healthier America by the First Lady, will present the game ball at center court alongside students from the Abington Avenue Elementary School in Newark.   
Along with Mayor Booker, NETS Basketball and Modell’s Sporting Goods have teamed up to raise awareness for and celebrate the impact of which parents and leaders across the country have had on improving children’s health and lives through nutrition and physical fitness.
Since the launch of the initiative at the White House on February 9, 2010, many sectors have become involved with a diverse array of commitments to support ‘Let’s Move!’ Participation has ranged from the medical community to schools, businesses, public officials, sports leagues, community leaders, and more.
“Over the last year we’ve fundamentally changed the conversation about how we eat, how we move and how we get our food,” said Mrs. Obama. “Communities across the country, like in the New York Metro area, are implementing creative solutions to ending childhood obesity. Together, we’re making a real difference in the lives of children and today there’s a real sense of hope that we can end childhood obesity.”
"I took up the challenge of being Vice-Chairman of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign because I believe in Newark” Mayor Booker said. “I believe that this city could ramp up our efforts and that we can become a national model for fighting obesity."
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