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Exclusive Little League® Interview with First Lady Michelle Obama

Little League® is excited to announce that the February issue of The Parent Connection newsletter will feature an exclusive Q & A with First Lady Michelle Obama. As the world’s largest youth sports program dedicated to providing positive, fun, and healthy experiences for millions of children, we wanted to hear the First Lady’s thoughts on the importance of children playing sports, and how to get kids more physically active. In the interview, Mrs. Obama touches on the 5th anniversary of her Let’s Move! initiative and stresses how critical it is to make sports fun for children, which is something Little League also emphasizes. Be sure to sign up for and read February’s The Parent Connection. Below are snippets from the Q & A, which we’re sure you’ll enjoy reading in its entirety when the newsletter is emailed on February 10.

From First Lady Michelle Obama as told to The Parent Connection

There are so many benefits to playing sports and being physically active, especially for kids—they’re getting off the couch and moving their bodies, developing healthy habits, and gaining skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. But physical activity isn’t just about our kids’ health—it’s about their success in school and in life.

It’s all about making physical activity fun and encouraging your kids to find activities they enjoy. Every child is different—they may not like the first sport or activity they try, and that’s OK.

As parents, we can’t forget that one of the most important things we can do is model the healthy behaviors we want our kids to follow. And all of the parents and other volunteers who give their time and energy to Little League every year are a perfect example of that.

Playing sports are a wonderful way for kids to get active—but we can’t forget about the kinds of foods they’re using to fuel their bodies as well. Nutrition and physical activity go hand in hand.

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