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Posted by Donna Johnson-Bailey, MPH, RD, U.S. Department of Agriculture on September 10, 2013
Ed. note: This is crossposted from blogs.usda.gov. See the original post here. Back-to-school is an exciting time of year that provides new opportunities for teaching and learning. The USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion offers great nutrition resources for young children, parents, and educators for this upcoming school year. ChooseMyPlate.gov now features MyPlate Kids’ Place, a new section of the website designed for children between the ages of 8 and 12 years old. MyPlate Kids’ Place offers fun resources for kids, such as games, videos, and songs, that encourage them to make better food and physical activity choices throughout the school year. In addition, resources for parents and educators are available to engage their children and students in “teachable moments” that will influence their food decisions.
Posted by Cameron Brenchley, Director of Digital Strategy, U.S. Department of Education on September 9, 2013
Ed. note: This is crossposted from ed.gov/blog. See the original post here. Across the country, students and teachers are cracking open their books and sharpening their new number twos for the start of an exciting new school year. And while the unofficial end of summer has passed, it doesn’t mean we can’t look back on all the fun we had with our friends and family.
Posted by Elyse Cohen, Deputy Director, Let’s Move! on September 7, 2013
School is back in session and what better way to celebrate than by breaking a sweat? Yesterday afternoon, First Lady Michelle Obama joined students from Orr Elementary in Washington D.C. along with some stellar athletes for the Let’s Move! Active Schools Back to School event. The First Lady spoke to educators and administrators about the important role that schools and their teachers have in fostering a healthier environment for this generation of kids.
Posted by Elyse Cohen, Deputy Director, Let’s Move! on September 5, 2013
President Barack Obama declared September 2013 as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, encouraging Americans to get involved in promoting healthy eating and physical activity for our kids nationwide.
Posted by Larry Chambers, Office of Communication, U.S. Forest Service on August 30, 2013
Ed. note: This is crossposted from blogs.usda.gov. See the original post here.  Learn more about the history of Labor Day, and the history of the U.S. Department of Labor.  What better way to spend a three-day weekend than outside with friends and family? America’s national forests and grasslands offer a wide variety of recreation opportunities ranging from backcountry camping far from civilization to developed picnic areas with all the facilities you need for the perfect end-of-summer barbecue with family and friends. Of course, there are still fires burning in some areas of the country so check the status of your destination before heading out. Safety is key. Here are a few ideas to help you plan your weekend: Camping Ditch the video games and cable box this weekend and spend the night outside. Check out Recreation.gov for the latest information on reservations for developed camp sites. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, the national forests have plenty of undeveloped sites offering a more up-close-and-personal experience with nature. Check your local forest or grassland web pages for more information.
Posted by Emily Ritchie, FoodCorps Fellow on August 29, 2013
The school day keeps getting healthier for kids in the Bend-LaPine School District in central Oregon! Building on the concept of Farm to School (connecting farmers to schools), Oregon is implementing an innovative concept called “Boat to School.” This program connects Oregon fishermen and processors with the school cafeteria and classroom so that local seafood is served on the lunch line and students learn about coastal communities.
Posted by AJ Pearlman, Associate Director for Policy, Let's Move! on August 28, 2013
As summer winds down and the new school year begins, it’s the perfect time to rev up your fruit intake and enjoy the last few weeks of in-season summer fruits!
Posted by Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on August 27, 2013
There is new evidence that schools across the nation are taking important steps to improve the health and wellbeing of America's children. A new study released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that school districts nationwide are showing real progress in measures related to nutritional policies, physical education and tobacco policies.
Posted by Elyse Cohen, Deputy Director, Let’s Move! on August 26, 2013
As school bells rang across the country this morning, Let’s Move! Executive Director Sam Kass visited the TODAY Show to talk about the importance of nutritious meals for kids—both in school and at home. He also highlighted Let’s Move! Active Schools, the First Lady’s initiative to really get kids active throughout the school day.
Posted by Elyse Cohen, Deputy Director, Let's Move! on August 25, 2013
It’s almost time to see those smashing forehands and backhands!  Yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama visited the U.S. Open to celebrate the 18th Annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, which brings together thousands of kids and families, tennis players, and celebrities to celebrate the life and legacy of the tennis legend and humanitarian Arthur Ashe. The First Lady spoke to the kids and their families about the importance of staying active and she announced a new commitment that the United States Tennis Association (USTA) pledged to the Partnership for a Healthier America in support of Let’s Move!