BOWIE, Md. - First lady Michelle Obama wants you to eat your vegetables. She also loves dancing. So it may not have come as a surprise when she merged those two interests today, busting a move with a trio of giant, human-sized vegetable dancers.
The eggplant, carrot and broccoli characters of "Super Sprowtz," a traveling troupe promoting healthy eating in kids, met Obama today during the fourth anniversary tour of her "Let's Move" campaign. The first lady had traveled to daycare center La Petite Academy in the Washington suburbs to announce it would be joining 900 others from the national Learning Care Group in the adoption of new health and fitness guidelines for the children in their care. The criteria aligns with the goals of Obama's initiative, aimed at curbing childhood obesity.
Obama, characters Colby Carrot, Brian Broccoli and Erica Eggplant, and their human friends led several dozen children in stretches and dance. She told them how important it is to eat healthy and shared noted that she loves spinach.
This week's anniversary has seen a flurry of activity from Let's Move. But today was not the White House's first interaction with Super Sprowtz, which, in addition to live shows, runs a series of Web videos for children. The group appeared at the 2013 White House Easter Egg Roll and recently filmed a promotional video with White House chef Sam Kass.
Meanwhile, Learning Care Group has committed to eliminating fried foods from its meals, offering fruits and vegetables a minimum two times a day as snacks, and providing at least an hour of physical activity daily to its children, according to a news release. The group said it will also work with parents and caregivers to limit time spent in front of screens.
Today's announcement followed a report this week finding obesity rates among children ages 2 to 5 had fallen 43 percent in the last decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.