Why is DeKalb County naming a trail after Michelle Obama?


Why is DeKalb County naming a trail after Michelle Obama?

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 25: First lady Michelle Obama acknowledges the crowd after delivering remarks on the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A three-mile stretch of the South River Trail in DeKalb County will soon be named the Michelle Obama Walking Trail.

Commissioner Larry Johnson led the effort to rename the stretch from Constitution Road to the Georgia State University–Perimeter College, according to a news release.

The trail connects the new Barack Obama Magnet School of Technology to the walking trail in Gresham Park.

“I am thrilled to acknowledge first lady Michelle Obama’s work with childhood obesity, healthy eating, and making exercise a part of everyone’s daily life," Johnson said. 

The resolution to rename the trail was unanimously approved by the board of commissioners and now moves to be approved by the interim chief executive officer. 

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