South Bend recognized by Michelle Obama for Let's Move! achievement


By: Krystal Vivian

The city of South Bend is being recognized by First Lady Michelle Obama for becoming the first Indiana town to achieve gold medals in the five Let’s Move! categories.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and St. Joseph County Health Department Director of Health Education Robin Vida are at the White House representing South Bend at the White House for the 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, event, according to city spokeswoman Kara Kelly.

The First Lady launched the Let’s Move! program to encourage cities, towns, counties and villages to teach children to develop healthy habits for nutrition, exercise and screen time. South Bend became a Let’s Move! city in January 2014 and achieved its final gold medal in 2015.

South Bend is one of 52 cities being recognized by Obama during Wednesday’s event. 

Buttigieg is also participating in a panel Wednesday moderated by Clarence Anthony, National League of Cities executive director and former mayor of South Bay, Fla.

“South Bend is honored to be among a select group (of) communities honored for this achievement inspired by the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative,” Buttigieg said in a news release. “In conjunction with partners like the St. Joseph County Health Department, the City of South Bend Department of Parks and Recreation, and the South Bend Community School Corporation, we’ve prioritized the health and well-being of South Bend children, and have made our city a healthier place.”