Why is DeKalb County naming a trail after Michelle Obama?

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.

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“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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