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First Lady Michelle Obama brought her “Let’s Move Campaign” to chilly Harlem Thursday where she broke more than a sweat with area children.

Close to 70 students from PS 180 packed the Central Harlem Police Athletic League to meet someone “special.”

“All we know is someone from Washington is coming,” shouted some of the kids. “We think it’s President Obama.”

Though many predicted the President was paying them a visit, the kids weren’t disappointed one bit when they saw The First Lady walk out in her workout gear to hop, skip and jump with them. One of the kids even screamed out where she last saw her.

“I just saw you on the Disney Channel.”

“Oh that’s right, I was on the Disney Channel,” laughed The First Lady.

The First Lady brought her anti-obesity kids program, “Let’s Move,” to the Tri-State area this past week where she also made an appearance at a Newark school with Mayor Cory Booker. But her stop in Harlem was one that was on her radar “for a long time.” Close to 50 percent of children in the Central Harlem zip codes of 10037 and 10039 are “too heavy” according to the City Health Office. Another startling statistic was that one in 5 school kids in New York City are obese.

“Too many children don’t have the resources where they can work out at a center like this, or learn about eating healthier and that’s my mission,” said The First Lady. “For example, if you guys and girls want to become a Police Officer one day like a lot of your trainers, you’ll have to exercise and eat healthy. You’ll have to turn off the video games and run up the stairs. You’ll also have to talk to your parents about what’s good for you and what isn’t.”

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