Nickelodeon said Thursday it will honor Mrs. Obama with its "Big Help" award at the Kids' Choice Awards. She has taped a message for Saturday's show.
She is being honored for her "Let's Move" campaign to help cut down on childhood obesity.
Nick has been working with Mrs. Obama on the campaign. It has donated $3 million to school and after-school programs to create opportunities for physical play. Nickelodeon executive Marva Smalls says that with Mrs. Obama's activity, forces are aligning not just to place blame but to move forward.
Not being present means the first lady will avoid being doused with slime, which Nick frequently does as a prank to people involved in its show.