Michelle Obama and Jenna Bush Hager on healthy living

First Lady Michelle Obama sat down with Jenna Bush Hager for interview that will air Friday.

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First Lady Michelle Obama sat down with Jenna Bush Hager for an interview that will air Friday.

First Lady Michelle Obama and former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager chewed the fat about fighting childhood obesity without shaming young people into disliking their own bodies.

After all, health is about how you feel — not how you look.

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Obama exercises and dances with the Super Sprowtz and students at La Petite Academy in Bowie, Md., on Thursday.

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Obama exercises and dances with the Super Sprowtz and students at La Petite Academy in Bowie, Md., on Thursday.

The mothers from political families discussed how important it is for parents to discuss healthy lifestyle choices with their children for an interview that will air on NBC’s “Today” show Friday.

Bush Hager asked Obama how she talks to her daughters Malia and Sasha “about eating healthy but also having a good self-confidence about their bodies and body image?”

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Obama talks to children about vegetables at the Maryland school.

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Obama talks to children about vegetables at the Maryland school.

“We don’t talk about weight. We don’t talk about physical appearance,” Obama said. “We talk about health. We talk about what’s on the inside. We spend so much more time talking to our girls about being kind and treating others well, and being passionate and respectful.

Obama’s message about health for children is simple and practical: it’s not about image.

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Obama and trainer Roger Hanson talk to the children about positive habits.

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Obama and trainer Roger Hanson talk to the children about positive habits.

“And we talk about exercise — we talk about it in terms of how it makes you feel and how it affects what you can accomplish throughout the course of the school day.”

They also took time to focus on Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative, which is dedicated to reducing childhood obesity and inspiring kids.

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Obama dances with an eggplant character.

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Obama dances with an eggplant character.

“And we want our kids to feel, inside, the best that they can feel so that they become all that they were meant to be,” Obama said.

The interview is part of the show’s “Love Your Selfie” week, a special series in which their anchors take a truthful and revealing look at how they feel about their own appearances. The goal is to cultivate positive self-images for all, no matter the age or size.

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