Obama, wearing a bright pink top with a flower broach, replies, “But you know what I like to reach for? Healthy, colorful snacks like juicy fruits and colorful vegetables.”
Another clip shows the large, yellow bird doing various exercises behind Obama as she stresses the importance of daily activity.
The PSAs were unveiled as part of the third anniversary of Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative and will air on PBS stations across the country, according to the White House.
Big Bird was a hot topic during last year’s presidential race. During an October debate, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said told moderator and “PBS NewsHour” host Jim Lehrer that he would cut public funding for the public broadcaster even though he liked its programming.
"“I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I’m going to stop other things," Romney said. "I like PBS. I love Big Bird. I actually like you too.”
UPDATE (11:50 a.m.): Big Bird is speaking up (or is that squawking up?) about his time with Obama. The “Sesame Street” Twitter account posted Thursday, “Big Bird: So fun exercising at White House, @FLOTUS! Hope your husband didn’t mind all the loud stomping. I’m not exactly light on my feet.
Michelle Obama replied in a tweet, “It was so great to see you again, Big Bird! Especially since we both love healthy foods, getting active, @sesamestreet and @letsmove! –mo”