First lady addresses Latino advocacy group

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - First lady Michelle Obama has given a speech about health and nutrition to the nation's largest Latino advocacy and civil rights organization. She also told the National Council of La Raza that President Barack Obama is working with Hispanics on immigration policy.

Michelle Obama says childhood obesity is a policy, public health, family and community issue. She says families must get active and make good food choices, saying their knowledge about such things is one of the greatest gifts we can pass on to our children.

She also encouraged the crowd to sign up for health insurance beginning Oct. 1 under the president's affordable health care policy.

The conference and a related "Family Expo" were expected to draw an estimated 25,000 participants. The meeting in New Orleans ends Tuesday.

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