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Michelle Obama Courts Florida Religious Leaders to Join Fight Against Obesity


(The Blaze/AP)  Michelle Obama spent her Saturday morning at a Florida church, talking with religious leaders about their role in helping people eat better and become more physically fit.

“Our faith communities don’t tend only to folks’ spiritual health but to their emotional and their physical health as well,” Mrs.Obama said in her remarks at the Central Florida evangelical mega-church where Joel Hunter serves as pastor. “Think for a moment about the scripture that tells us that your bodies are temples given to you by God. That is a core teaching of so many of our faiths - a teaching that calls us to honor and nourish the bodies we’ve been blessed with, and to help others do the same.”

It's part of the first lady's three-day national tour to mark the second anniversary of her "Let's Move" campaign against childhood obesity.

During a stop in Longwood, Florida, she told a crowd of more than 3,000 people from 15 denominations that they're taking on one of the most urgent challenges of our time. She said they're showing that no problem is "too big, too complicated, too entrenched to be solved."

Her office also announced a new video challenge. Churches and other organizations can send in videos showing what they're doing to help kids get healthier.

The First Lady appeared on Ellen DeGeneres's show last week to talk about fitness where she accepted the host's challenge to a pushup contest:

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