Michelle Obama in Chicago Next Week for 'Lets Move!'

By Emily Morris on February 20, 2013 10:32am | Updated on February 20, 2013 2:41pm

 Michelle Obama is scheduled to come to Chicago on Feb. 28 to make an announcement about exercise as part of her "Let's Move!" tour.
Michelle Obama is scheduled to come to Chicago on Feb. 28 to make an announcement about exercise as part of her "Let's Move!" tour.
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CHICAGO — First lady Michelle Obama is set to make her second trip this month to Chicago, this time to encourage kids to get up and move as part of a national health tour, the White House said Wednesday.

She is set to make a "major announcement to bring physical activity back to schools" in Chicago on Feb. 28, the White House said.

The first lady is celebrating the third anniversary of her "Let's Move!" campaign to improve the health of children, which she launched in February of 2010. She'll embark on a two-day national tour that will include several cities, including Chicago.

She'll be joined by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, along with NIKE Inc. President & CEO Mark Parker, Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, tennis star Serena Williams, a "surprise musical guest" and other celebrities, the White House said.

The announcement is to be made at McCormick Place, NIKE spokeswoman Dana Metz said.

Thousands of Chicago area teachers and students are also set to attend the event, the White House said. 

The "Let's Move!" campaign aims to fight obesity by providing families and kids with information on staying healthy. Part of the tour will be spent celebrating the gains the campaign has made, the White House said.

Some Chicago schools inspired by the campaign said they've worked to encourage healthy decisions by adding intiatives such as salad bars, community gardens and dance lessons to the list of student options.

The first lady's Twitter handle, @FLOTUS, along with @LetsMove, will tweet live updates from the national tour using the hashtag #LetsMoveTour, the White House said.

Earlier this month, the first lady came to Chicago to attend the funeral of Hadiya Pendleton, who was killed about a mile away from the Kenwood home of the Obama family.

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