Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby was among those honored during a White House visit July 10 by first lady Michelle Obama for his support of her campaign against childhood obesity.
“It felt amazing to receive an invitation, not just from the First Lady, but just to be invited to go to the White House,” Mosby told the AFRO.
The invite was extended to Mosby, 34, and several elected officials from other cities who have supported the “Let’s Move Cities, Towns and Counties” program.
The “Let’s Move” campaign, kicked off by Obama in 2010, was a call to mayors and elected city officials to take an active leadership role by encouraging healthy communities and working to solve childhood obesity.
“It’s about promoting healthy living and understanding how important it is to remain healthy and active,” said Mosby.
While Mosby said he didn’t have the opportunity to meet the first lady one-on-one, she spoke to all of those in attendance about the importance of their work.
In a statement, Obama said the efforts of the city officials were, “important to all those kids living in your communities.”
“You have all made the health of our young people a priority,” Obama said. “You’re doing it in new and innovative ways that touch so many parts of your communities.”
Mosby has represented the citizens of the Hampden, Woodberry and Medfield communities since November 2011.
He lives in West Baltimore with his wife Marilyn and their two young daughters, and said as a family they often go to the park and partake in different sporting events.
“I’ve been very active all my life, and I make sure my daughters stay active as well,” he said.
Mosby told the AFRO he was invited to visit the White House nearly a month ago.
“I wish I could have [gone] with him, however I am so proud of him,” Marilyn Mosby said. “He is committed to the betterment of the city. I’m his biggest supporter.”
Nick Mosby said he is focused on helping bring better food options to Baltimore neighborhoods.
“Having more markets in our communities such as Apples and Oranges on E. North Ave. is important because urban neighborhoods can have access to healthier foods,” he said.
The White House visit also allowed him to exchange ideas with “Let’s Move” leaders from other cities, he said.
“I’m taking back relevant information to my community [about] the critical importance of taking care of your health,” Mosby said.