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Obama's LETS MOVE! Campaign Lands in Tucson
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 09/11/2013
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MARANA, Ariz. Arizona women’s basketball head coach Niya Butts served as a host at First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Event at Marana Middle School in Marana, Ariz. on Wednesday.

Coach Butts joined Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitation Services Michael Yudin, former Arizona men’s basketball coach Lute Olson, 2011 NCAA National Champion wrestler Anthony Robles, UA alum/letterwinner and former NFL offensive lineman John Fina, Wilbur and Wilma T Wildcat and 17 district wellness coordinators in hosting the event.

Marana Middle School served as a stop on the U.S. Department of Education’s “Strong Start, Bright Future” back-to-school bus tour.

The event emphasized the power of healthy choices by showcasing a variety of fun and physical challenges. MMS Principal Kristin Reidy issued a “60 minutes for 60 days” physical activity challenge and lead students, staff and parents in a dance-off, relay races and various sporting activities.

“I had an amazing time at Marana Middle School today,” Butts said. “It was an electric atmosphere. I think the campaign has been incredible. My hope is that all of the schools get on board and really commit to getting out and doing something physical. I think it’s going to help our young people tremendously, so I am 100 percent in and ready to move.” First Lady Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move! on February 9, 2010. The comprehensive initiative is dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will led healthier lifestyles.

Combining comprehensive strategies with common sense, Let’s Move! Strives to put children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years.

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