By: Camira Williams-Liggins
The rise in obesity rates over the past 30 years is closely linked with major changes in American lifestyles and diets. In the 1950’s, 50% of children walked or rode their bikes to school. As of 2009, only 13% of children walk or ride their bikes to school. Portion sizes of foods and soft drinks have increased while recess and physical education times have decreased.  All of these things have contributed to the rise in obesity rates in the last three decades and the first lady is on a mission to stop it.
In honor of the 5th year anniversary of Let’s Move! Mrs. Obama has initiated a challenge appropriately titled, #GimmeFive.
Ellen DeGeneres has even endorsed the challenge and joins the first lady in inviting everyone to #GimmeFive.
As members of the Emory community, I am calling on you to respond the challenge by producing our own version of Michelle Obama’s #GimmeFive dance. In this, we will continue to bring awareness to childhood obesity in hopes to reduce it.
Choreography will be taught and filmed on Friday, April 24th 5:30-7:30pm in Asbury Circle.
Interested participants should wear only blue, gold or Emory-themed clothing. If you or your friends have a strong desire to participate in the video, but do not wish to dance, videographers are much needed.
For more information, please feel free to contact me, Camira, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
 Childhood Obesity Facts. (2014, December 11). Retrieved April 9, 2015, from http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/obesity/facts.htm
 Let's Move. (n.d.). Retrieved April 9, 2015, from http://www.letsmove.gov/learn-facts/epidemic-childhood-obesity
 SRTS Guide. (n.d.) Retrieved April 2, 2015, from http://guide.saferoutesinfo.org/introduction/the_decline_of_walking_and_bicycling.cfm