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First Lady To Speak At Fort Jackson
Thursday, 27-Jan-2011 10:54AM United Press International
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FORT JACKSON, S.C., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- First lady Michelle Obama addresses obesity, nutrition, physical exercise and the graduating class at Fort Jackson, S.C., Thursday, the facility's officials said.

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Her commencement address in the afternoon is part of a full day of events meant to highlight childhood obesity's effects on military readiness, The State in Columbia reported.

Fort Jackson is the Army's largest basic training facility.

Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, the Army's deputy commanding general for initial military training, said he and Mrs. Obama would discuss the effect of childhood obesity, poor childhood nutrition and lack of physical exercise has on military recruitment and the Army programs that address those matters.

Obama also was to visit Fort Jackson's "Go for Green" dining program, which encourages healthy eating.

"Fort Jackson is extremely proud to host this visit", Maj. Gen. James Milano, the facility's commander said. "The first lady is very interested in several topics that we consider vital to national interest. These are important issues, and we deal with them daily."

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