Michelle Obama hosts fitness event for military families

Last Updated: May 10, 2011, 16:34 PM IST

Melbourne: US First Lady Michelle Obama swayed her body in an active day of dancing, running and stretching to promote three new fitness facilities for military families at her White House garden.

Joined by athletes including tennis great Billie Jean King and basketball player Grant Hill, Mrs. Obama said that the International Health, Racquet and Sports Club Association would offer free memberships to immediate family members of actively deployed reservists.

According to her, fighting the epidemic of childhood obesity has to be a family effort.

"It doesn`t take money," she said, and suggested long walks after dinner or dancing in the living room.

"This isn`t about physical prowess, it`s about movement. And we have to go from sitting to standing to walking to moving," the Daily Telegraph quoted her as saying.

About 80 children and their parents participated in the activities on the South Lawn of the White House, included dancing, ball tossing and a three-part obstacle course.

ANI