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First Lady Michelle Obama addresses influential Hispanics at major Latino conference in New Orleans

Michelle Obama became an honorary Latina at the Morial Convention Center while reaching out to hundreds of Hispanic movers and shakers.

“In my community it was mac and cheese at church dinner, for you it might have been arroz con gandules. For us Christmas meant a honey baked ham, for you maybe it was tamales,” says Mrs. Obama.

The first lady focused on childhood obesity, one of her signature causes, while addressing the National Council of La Raza. She says nearly 40% of Hispanic children in this country are overweight or obese and parents need to take responsibility.

“While food might be love, the truth is that we are loving ourselves and our kids to death,” says Mrs. Obama.

La Raza is the country’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization.

Mrs. Obama’s speech comes as immigration reform heats up in Washington D.C. Briefly touching on the topic she only reassured the crowd her husband is listening.

“I know these debated are hard,” says Michelle Obama, “Do not give up because I promise you that my husband won’t give up until a good bill gets on his desk.”

The First Lady wrapped up her 20 minute speech talking about healthcare reform. She urged everyone to educate themselves on the facts.

Her speech capped off the three day event, and while she focused on healthy eating habits she said there’s no way she’s leaving New Orleans without a good meal. Mrs. Obama reportedly dined on a variety of dishes at Luke Downtown.

View the First Lady’s entire speech here:

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