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Beaumont ranks first in first lady's "Let's Move" campaign

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America is on the move and leading the groove is Beaumont.

As part of Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign, Beaumont is now ranked first in the nation among cities who are fighting childhood obesity.

"We were in third place, then second place, then first place with 4 gold medals out of 5. Then, this last year when our schools hit a certain percentage of how many kids were participating in school lunch program, it qualified us for our fifth gold medal," said Dr. Alan Coleman, Beaumont city councilman.

400 cities and communities compete in the "Let's Move" campaign. The goal is to be awarded five gold medals. Beaumont is the first city to accomplish that goal.

"It was a very nice surprise to find out that we were the first city in the nation to get five gold medals," said Dr. Coleman.

Dr. Coleman says it's been a collaborative effort between the city, the Public Health Department, and the Parks and Recreation Department to slim down the waists of our children.

The city is doing it's part by providing healthy meals, educating the parents and educating children.

Dr. Coleman says it takes an entire community to create a healthier future.

Because Beaumont is toning down, Dr. Coleman and his wife were invited to the white house over the holidays to meet with the first family.

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