In an effort to improve the health and well being of American Indian and Alaska Native youth and decrease obesity, First Lady Michelle Obama created Let’s Move! in Indian Country (LMIC).
The Menominee Indian Tribe hosted the launch of LMIC at its Woodland Bowl amphitheater in Keshena, Wisconsin on May 25. Representatives of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) attended and praised the initiative’s focus on improving the lives of tribal young people.
“We commend the First Lady for being a positive influence in the life of Native young people. Let’s Move! in Indian Country will energize a generation of tribal youth to connect to their traditional ways of healthy living,” said Jefferson Keel, president of NCAI, in a statement. “When it comes to staying healthy, Native youth face more challenges and obstacles than most. Let’s Move is an important effort in reaching out to provide solutions for our young people.”
At the event, Larry Echo Hawk, assistant secretary of the Interior of Indian Affairs, joined Menominee tribal officials and Let’s Move! Initiative directors, as well as: Matthew Wesaw, chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians in Michigan; Lisa Pino, USDA deputy administrator for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); and Lyle A. Ignace, IHS director of the Improving Patient Care Program.