Mayor talks about South Bend becoming a Let's Move city

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

South Bend's mayor and school officials took some time today to explain how the city will be working to fight childhood obesity.

South Bend is becoming a Let's Move city by partnering with Michelle Obama’s health initiative.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg and school superintendent Carole Schmidt held an exercise assembly for kids today at Madison Primary.

Let's Move cities must commit to five goals. Some of those are promoting early child care nutrition and exercise, getting more kids eating school breakfasts and lunches, and increasing children's access to active play.

“You can tell, just from having the kids in the gym, they respond. Kids know how to run around and play, we just got to encourage them having a chance to do it and make sure they’re getting the right nutrition options too” Mayor Pete Buttigieg says.

Robin Vida, from the St. Joe County Health Department, says “we're joining up to 400 other cities and towns throughout the nation, so we're really being a leader with this and we want people to stay in our community. We want them to be healthy, and this is what we're going to do to help them with that goal”.

At the end of the year, South Bend will be awarded a gold, silver, or bronze medal for each of the five goals.

You can keep up with the city's progress online.

Just click on the Big Red Bar on our site for a link.

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