On February 28, I had the chance to cover a big Let's Move! event in Chicago. Let's Move! is First Lady Michelle Obama's intitiative to get kids healthy through physical fitness and better eating. The event in Chicago marked the three-year anniversary of Let's Move! and kicked off the Active Schools campaign.
Before the event even started, I interviewed the Secretary of Education Mr. Arne Duncan. I spoke to him about education cuts, and why it is important to balance homework and physical education. I spoke to Mr. Duncan in the media room right before he went onstage to speak in front of the media, teachers, and students who came out to hear him and the other athletes and notable people speak.
In the interview, Secretary Duncan explains why it's important to be physically active during the school day, why it's important to balance homework and physical education, and how looming budget cuts could impact kids and teachers across the country.
Watch my interview with Secretary Duncan below:
After the event, I interviewed Gabby Douglas, the gold medalist in gymnastics in London, Ashton Eaton, the gold medalist and world record holder in the decathlon in London, and Bo Jackson, who played both professional baseball and football at the same time.
Gabby Douglas spoke about how it is important to be active and how you have to train to gain success. She trains for 4 and a half to 5 hours a day! Check out that interview, too!
You can find out more about the Let's Move! Active Schools event by reading my story on the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps website! And learn more about Let's Move! by checking out the stories my fellow Kid Reporters have written about the program.
—Kid Reporter Natalie Wexler