First Lady Michelle Obama announced that a former president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Judith S. Palfrey, will head her anti-childhood obesity initiative “Let’s Move!“
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“It was my children’s pediatrician who first told me that I needed to pay closer attention to my children’s health so I understand the significance doctors play in family health. That’s why we are eager to welcome Judy Palfrey to the White House where I know that she will take the ‘Let’s Move!’ program to new heights,” said Mrs. Obama. “Her tremendous experience and insight in pediatrics and community health will make her a strong leader for ‘Let’s Move!’ and make a real difference in the lives of our nation’s children.”
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Palfrey has been a pediatrician for more than 30 years and she specializes in prevention, health promotion and community health. She has written several books about how public involvement can make a difference in children’s health. Palfrey holds degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University. Most recently, she led the global health campaign of the Department of Medicine at Boston’s Children’s Hospital.
On September 6, Palfrey begins her new role at the White House — on the heels of a new study that claims 50 percent of Americans may become obese by 2030.