February 9, 2010
Posted: 02:08 PM ET
First Lady Michelle Obama is Larry's guest tonight at 9ET/6PT. Don't miss it!
Washington (CNN) - Michelle Obama is telling America that it's time to get moving.
In a news conference at noon Tuesday at the White House, the first lady introduced a national effort to combat childhood obesity.
"We're determined to take on one of the most serious threats - and that's the epidemic of childhood obesity today," she said.
Called The Let's Move campaign, the program focuses on what families, communities and the public and private sectors can do to help fight childhood obesity, which she and health experts have termed an epidemic in the United States. The campaign aims to take steps to reduce childhood obesity within a generation.
Mayors, doctors, members of the Cabinet, and leaders in sports, entertainment and business joined the first lady.
Former NFL player Tiki Barber introduced several speakers including a pediatrician, an urban farmer, and mayors from Mississippi and Massachusetts.
President Obama signed a memorandum earlier Tuesday morning establishing a federal task force to tackle childhood obesity, calling it "one of the most urgent health issues that we face in this country."
"We think that this has enormous promise in improving the health of our children, in giving support to parents to make the kinds of healthy choices that oftentimes are very difficult."
From around the web
Go Behind The Scenes
LARRY KING LIVE'S Emmy-winning Senior Executive Producer Wendy Walker knows what it takes to make a great story.
With anecdotes, provocative emails, scandals, show transcripts and insights into Walker's long working relationship with Larry King, her new book PRODUCER issues readers an invitation to listen in on the most intriguing conversations on the planet.