• USPS destroys stamps, concerned they show  kids doing unsafe activities
  • The USPS stamps were created as part of  the President’s Council on Fitness Sports and Nutrition
  • First Lady Michelle Obama had the final  say as they were designed to compliment her ‘Let’s Move’  campaign

By  James Daniel

PUBLISHED: 14:50 EST, 11  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 15:49 EST, 11 October 2013

Kids love to throw themselves about whether  it be jumping into swimming pools, skateboarding or perhaps performing a  handstand.

It sounds harmless enough, but just as the  United States Postal Service was about to release a series of stamps encouraging  kids to keep active, it’s decided to cancel the lot for fear they may end up  taking the blame for youngsters hurting themselves.

The stamps were created to commemorate  Michelle Obama’s ‘Let’s Move!’ program and although the children are seen to be  having fun, they’re engaged in unsafe activities or not wearing protective  gear.

Activites: U.S. Postal Service hoped to raise awareness about the importance of physical activity in achieving a healthy lifestyleActivites: U.S. Postal Service hoped to raise awareness  about the importance of physical activity in achieving a healthy  lifestyle

Unsafe: Whilst is may be fun, a Cannonball dive could be unsafe
Unsafe: Whilst is may be fun, a Cannonball dive could be  unsafe
Dangerous: A headstand without a helmet
Dangerous: A headstand without a helmet
Asking for trouble: Skateboarding without kneepads
Asking for trouble: Skateboarding without  kneepads

‘The stamps are on hold with the printer and  we have not made a decision at this point, right now, with respect to how we are  going to move forward,’ a USPS spokesman told the website.

According to a report from Linn’s Stamp News,  the President’s Council on Fitness Sports and Nutrition and the first lady’s  Let’s Move campaign raised concerns about three of the 15 the stamps in the  series.

Ideas: U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama developed the Let's Move Program to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generationIdeas: U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama developed the  Let’s Move Program to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a  generation

The two White House entities had concerns  over stamps with a man doing a cannonball into a swimming pool, a skateboarder  not wearing kneepads, and a child doing a handstand without a helmet.

The unsafe depictions came to light after  USPS Marketing chief Nagisa Manabe asked Michelle Obama to take part in a first  day ceremony for the stamps

That was apparently the first time the stamps  had been reviewed by the Sports Council.

The series is set to be destroyed, but a  final decision won’t be made until sometime next year.

On track: The initiative has the initially stated goal of 'solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation so that children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight'On track: The initiative has the initially stated goal  of ‘solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation so that  children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight’

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