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(Monday, July 19, 2010)—Mayor Mufi Hannemann today launched the City's "Let's Move, Honolulu!" the local edition of First Lady Michelle Obama's national awareness campaign to battle childhood obesity.  The City & County of Honolulu joins other municipalities across America in addressing this growing epidemic. 


"It's a proven fact that regular exercise and physical activity can result in healthy bodies and healthy minds.  Studies confirm that kids excel in school and improve their test scores when they are actively engaged in physical activity," said Hannemann.  The latest initiative complements the City's already highly successful Healthy Honolulu—Healthy Together initiative that is providing for a healthier generation through lean diets and active youth sports activities.


Mayor Hannemann was present when the First Lady pitched her plan at the February U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) meeting in Washington, D.C.  As part of his responsibilities as Chairman of the USCM Committee on Tourism, Arts, Parks, Entertainment & Sports (TAPES), Hannemann encouraged his fellow mayors to get involved and participate in Obama's Let's Move program.  At the June USCM meeting, Hannemann signed a pledge committing Honolulu's participation to Let's Move.


The Mayor also announced the appointment of distinguished committee to guide Let's Move, Honolulu! Noted restaurateur Roy Yamaguchi is to serve as chairman.  Yamaguchi is chef and founder of the home of Hawaiian Fusion cuisine, Roy's Restaurants.  University of Hawaii Women's Basketball Coach Dana Takahara-Dias will serve as co-chair.  Other members include YMCA of Honolulu President and CEO Larry Bush, Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America CEO Rick Burr, Girl Scouts of Hawaii COO Caroline Hayashi, the City's Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation Richard Haru, Director of the Mayor's Office of Economic Development Ann Chung, the City's Director of Customer Services Gail Haraguchi.


"The Let's Move, Honolulu! committee will join forces with the local YMCA, the Honolulu County Sports Commission, and eager parents to ensure children of our city have an active agenda to combat childhood obesity," said Hannemann.  "And I invite others interested to commit in helping us and the First Lady's reach an ambitious national goal of solving the challenges of childhood obesity so that children born today will reach adulthood by gaining nutritional support and shedding pounds along the way to reach a healthy weight."