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Michelle Obama Enlists MLB (Except Prince Fielder) To Help Fight Childhood Obesity

First Lady Michelle Obama, who will have the unfortunate experience of actually attending the Baltimore Orioles game in person this evening with tens of other Orioles fans, has asked Major League Baseball to help her in her fight against childhood obesity. Via an AP report:

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association will team with the White House in the Let’s Move campaign, which promotes exercise and healthy eating for America’s youth.

Dressed casually in a print top, white pants and sneakers, Obama made the announcement Tuesday morning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles.

Obama says the program is designed to end childhood obesity “so that kids grow up healthier to pursue their dreams.”

She then participated in a clinic with kids from local baseball teams and members of the Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays. She played catch, threw grounders and ran for about a half-hour.

Well, I, for one, am relieved to know that she was wearing sneakers when she was playing catch. Believe me, wearing high heels while shagging fly balls can be a tumultuous and painful experience. And don’t even get me started on the blisters. So, I’ll give her credit for the appropriate footwear. On the other hand, matching white pants with a print top? Puh-leeze.

Finally, I know my Prince Fielder comment was an unfair dig at the generously-proportioned Milwaukee Brewers first baseman. But do not fret, the First Lady has plans for Prince: if everything works out as planned, Fielder will be the poster boy for Ms. Obama’s campaign against the evils of vegetarianism.

First lady, MLB team up against childhood obesity [AP]
Michelle Obama to attend Orioles game [USA Today/AP]
Swapping vegetarian recipes with Prince Fielder [Big League Stew]