This image released by NBC shows host Jimmy Fallon dressed as a mom, left, dancing with first lady Michelle Obama during an appearance of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/NBC, Lloyd Bishop)
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Ladies First: Keeping kids fit
Let’s Move! celebrates 3 years
Updated: Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013, 8:48 AM EST Published : Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013, 8:46 AM EST
Jessica O. Swink, LIN Digital Political Producer
(LIN) — The first lady is getting her move on to make sure kids across the country are doing the same thing.
On Feb. 20, she announced a nationwide tour to celebrate the third anniversary of her "Let's Move!" initiative, which is a nutrition- and exercise-based approach to combat childhood obesity.
"We're going to travel around the nation to visit some cities all across this country that are making important progress to try to highlight the good work that's happening," Obama said last week.
She won’t be doing it alone, either.
In a press release, the White House says Olympic gymnasts Gabby Douglas and Dominique Dawes, tennis superstar Serena Williams, San Franc sco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and a surprise musical guest will be among her many special guests on tour.
Last week, the first lady and Big Bird starred in a new PSA, discussing healthy eating and exercise choices. The commercial will be played on 320 PBS stations across the country.
Just a couple of days later, she discussed the tour on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” In what’s become somewhat of a ritual, Obama and Fallon had somewhat of a competition. Last year, it was a potato sack race. This year, it was a dance off, featuring the evolution of mom dancing:
Obama is also scheduled for appearances on “Good Morning America” and “The Dr. Oz Show” this week, and there are many successes to talk about from her “Let’s Move!” campaign.
While it’s not clear at this time if the “out-of-sync electric slide” will be reappearing on this tour, Obama plans to encourage people across the country that daily simple exercise – even awkward dancing – can go along way in improving overall health.