Michelle Obama To Address Latino Group Amid Immigration Debate

Source: Stephanie Condon / CBS News

As leaders in Washington work behind the scenes on a compromise over comprehensive immigration reform, First Lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday will deliver the keynote address to one of the nation’s largest gatherings of Latino leaders.

On the final day of the National Council of La Raza’s annual conference, the first lady is slated to talk about a much safer issue, politically speaking — the problem of childhood obesity. Her speech, however, caps off a three-day conference marked by passionate calls for congressional action on immigration reform, one of President Obama’s top second-term priorities.

“Our community is eager to hear from such a prominent and passionate public figure who, in her time as first lady, has shown unwavering commitment to important causes for the growing Latino community such as children’s health, nutrition and education,” Janet Murgu?a, president and CEO of NCLR, said in a statement last month.

Mrs. Obama has made childhood obesity one of her signature causes in her role as first lady, and the issue fits in perfectly with the Latino Family Expo, an event taking place in conjunction with the NCLR conference in New Orleans. The Expo will include events and services encouraging a healthy lifestyle, like exercise and dance classes. The first lady’s office notes that the percentage of children who are overweight or obese is disproportionately higher in the Hispanic community. While about a third of children overall are overweight, nearly 40 percent of Hispanic children are.

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