For the first anniversary of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said it was an “easy call” to come to California, given the state’s leadership on health reform and efforts around prevention and wellness. She visited a Sacramento school this morning to highlight national and local efforts at health and fitness.
She was joined by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, California Endowment CEO Dr. Bob Ross, and others.
Students went through some exercises with Slamson and others from the Sacramento Kings (Secretary Sebelius was properly attired in purple for the event).
Secretary Sebelius spotlighted the investments in health and prevention in the stimulus act as well as the history Affordable Care Act. But the main focus was the Let’s Move! effort to deal with the issue of childhood obesity, ensuring that children have access to healthy food, opportunities to get fresh produce and visiting farmers’ market, availability of parks and play areas, and time for regular physical activity.
While she was in town, Secretary Sebelius also reportedly had meetings with Governor Brown about the budget, and with Insurance Commissioner Jones about implementing insurance regulations in the new federal health law. As the bottom picture shows, the Governor’s top health cabinet member, Diana Dooley, also had a chance to talk to her U.S. counterpart, in a meeting of the HHS Secretaries.