First Lady Michelle Obama: Trailblazer, Timeless, Iconic

In her final White House speech Friday afternoon, First Lady Michelle Obama said, “serving as the First Lady has been the greatest honor of my life and I hope that I made you proud.”

What? Made us proud?! That’s an understatement! Little girls from across the world saw the poise, the beauty, the love and the rise of such an encouraging and giving First Lady. We are more than proud, we are in awe.

Forget that Michelle was named as the #1 most stylish in Style Magazine in 2013.

Forget that this First Lady is the ONLY First Lady in American history to hold two Ivy League degrees.

Forget that First Lady Michelle Obama is one of the few First Lady’s to show love for her husband openly without scandal.
Even if you forget all of that, we’ve got 16 other amazing accomplishments that First Lady Michelle Obama has done. Take a look.

 

1. In 2010, she launched Let’s Move!, bringing together community leaders, educators, medical professionals, parents, and others in a nationwide effort to address the challenge of childhood obesity. Let’s Move! has an ambitious goal: to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation. Whether it’s providing healthier food in our schools, helping kids be more physically active, or urging companies to market healthier foods to our children, Let’s Move! is focused on giving parents the support they need to make healthier choices for their kids.

2. In 2010 she passed The School Lunch program with bipartisan support. The program provides free and reduced-price meals to more than 21 million low-income children, now requires districts to serve more fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy products.

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Walgreens, Supervalu, Walmart and several regional grocers announced a commitment to build or expand 1,500 stores in communities with limited or no access to healthy food. This initiative will create thousands of local jobs, and will provide access to fresh food to an estimated 9.5 million people who currently have limited access. In California alone, the Fresh Works Fund has committed 200 million dollars to this effort to increase access to healthy food.

(Photo credit: Michelle Obama twitter)

4. Darden, the world’s largest full service restaurant company, which owns Olive Garden, Red Lobster and other chains, made a commitment to improve kids’ menus by offering a fruit or vegetable and low-fat milk with every meal. Darden will also reduce total calories and sodium by 20% across their menus over the next 10 years.