Lakewood Mayor Bob Murphy attended a White House event at the invitation of First Lady Michelle Obama, in recognition of the city taking part in the Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties program.
“The trip was wonderful, and it was really inspiring,” Murphy said.
“The first lady came in and gave a really rousing speech.”
Murphy said the speech event was pretty intimate, with only about 40 to 50 people representing cities from all over the country. According to Murphy, Obama said that 330 cities have decided to take part in the Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties Program, which represents around 60 million people.
“This program is the Let’s Move initiative combined with the National League of Cities (NLC),” said Allison Scheck, marketing and community relations with Lakewood.
Murphy said that Obama shared some pretty alarming statistics about the dangers that poor diets can pose to people. Some of the statistics were in the area of life expectancy, which Murphy said isn’t something that gets discussed much.
“We saw a study on disease and health from the University of Washington which said that diets low in fruits, nuts, and seeds and high in sodium were the most important risk factor for premature death and disability,” he said. “After dietary risks came tobacco smoking, high body mass index, high blood pressure, high fasting plasma glucose, physical inactivity and alcohol.”
Murphy said information like that really helped to impress him, and other representatives in attendance, with the importance of the Let’s Move! Initiative. He said that while Jefferson County is doing pretty well nationwide, it’s still important to get children started early.
“Getting to be with our national peers and see what they’re doing was really fascinating,” Murphy said. “I think it was noticed that Lakewood was there representing Colorado.”