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'Let's Move' anniversary sparks tour for first lady

First Lady Michelle Obama will go on a three-day national tour late next week to celebrate the second anniversary of “Let’s Move,” her initiative to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation, the White House announced today.

The first lady will begin her tour in Des Moines on Thursday, where she will be joined by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (a former Iowa governor) and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a Republican, as well as several sports stars.

Later the same day, she will visit the Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas to make an announcement about the military’s efforts to improve the nutrition of food served throughout military bases. From there she will continue to Fort Worth, Texas, to hold a roundtable dinner discussion at a local Olive Garden with parents who are changing habits in their homes and communities.

On Friday in Dallas, Obama will join “chef'testants” from past seasons of the television series “Top Chef” and members of the Dallas Cowboys to highlight the work being done in schools to provide healthier food to students.

Later that day she will continue to Homestead, Fla., to join experts from WebMD, an online source of free health information, in a town hall-style discussion to answer questions from a live local audience and a national online audience about how families can implement healthy changes in their daily lives. She will also make a stop in the Orlando area to visit a family that has made changes to become healthier.

On Saturday, she will speak to a gathering of 3,000 people from diverse faiths in Northland, Fla., and will end her tour that day with a physical activity event for hundreds of local children and their families at the ESPN Wide World of Sports at the Walt Disney World Resort.