Michelle Obama gives a shoutout to Minneapolis farmers markets


First Lady Michelle Obama mentioned Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and pointed out the efforts of Minneapolis's mini-markets in a recent speech before the U.S. Conference of Mayors. In the speech, which highlighted the threats of childhood obesity, Obama said:

Ultimately, folks like you know that leadership is about having the foresight - and the courage - to make those sacrifices and investments in the short run that pay big dividends - often paying for themselves many times over - in the long run. And that is precisely what happens when we undertake smart, strategic efforts to help our kids lead active, healthy lives right from the beginning.

Obama went on to cite the efforts of a handful of the nation's mayors, including Rybak: "Mayor Rybak of Minneapolis brought in farmers markets to provide access to fresh produce in underserved areas," she commented.

In the speech Obama announced that next month she'll launch an initiative on childhood obesity that will be intended to "put in place commonsense, innovative solutions that empower families and communities to make healthy decisions for their kids."

The mini-markets are a project of the local nonprofit Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.

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