Posted by Melissa Blaustein, White House Intern on May 26, 2010
On May 25, the First Lady welcomed nearly 100 local students to the White House to kick off the South Lawn Series - events throughout the summer season to bring local children, sports leagues, community programs and coaches to the South Lawn to participate in sports, games and activities.
Posted by Kori Schulman, Associate Director of New Media at the White House on May 20, 2010
Mrs. Obama invited Mexico's First Lady Margarita Zavala to the New Hampshire Estates Elementary School in Silver Spring, Maryland for a Let's Move! event, as part of the Administration's activities to welcome the President and First Lady of Mexico.
Posted by S. Lawrence Kocot, interim president and CEO, Partnership for a Healthier America on May 18, 2010
In my work with the Partnership for a Healthier America, I recognize the great task that we have taken on - to mobilize broad-based support for efforts to solve the childhood obesity challenge and facilitate commitments toward the First Lady's national target of solving childhood obesity within a generation, the goal of her Let's Move! campaign. Yesterday, we announced an agreement with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) that takes an important first step toward this goal.
Posted by Sam Kass, White House Assistant Chef and the Food Initiative Coordinator on May 14, 2010
Since the groundbreaking of the White House Kitchen Garden more than a year ago, local students have spent time on the South Lawn of the White House planting seeds, harvesting vegetables and learning about health and nutrition along the way. Through the garden, the First Lady started a discussion on the role food plays in living a healthy life. The discussion grew into the Let's Move! campaign and like the garden - we just keep on growing.
Posted by Melody Barnes, Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy on May 11, 2010
Today, the Childhood Obesity Task Force is excited to release our action plan to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. The First Lady will be holding a press conference this morning to talk about the report, and you can tune in and watch it live at 10:30AM EDT right in this blog post or at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live. And make sure to take a look at the report HERE! It will serve as a roadmap for the work we need to do together to make sure that our kids grow up healthy and have the opportunity to live active lives.
On a gentle south-facing slope in Corvallis, Oregon, twenty Latino families gather to tend plots at the Westside Community Garden.
East Omaha includes a sizeable economically distressed area. Poverty rates and obesity among the youth are high and access to healthy food is a problem for those who need it most.
Within a 2 mile radius of the Peaches 'n Greens location, there are 24 liquor stores and one grocery store.
The Philadelphia Chapter of HOPE Worldwide, an international charity which delivers sustainable, high-impact, community-based services to the poor and needy, expanded their youth mentoring program and character building program called Saturday Academy to include Healthy Lifestyles Initiative. One of their goals was to educate and motivate children on the importance of health, physical activity and life skills. Their goal: to prevent obesity later in life. The Department of Education Physical Education Program offered anchor funding and an AmeriCorps grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service provided up to 40 members to serve as program assistants and mentors.
The Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH) Program has been implemented in 7,500 schools and after school programs across North America. CATCH is a mentor partnership, where parents, educators, and caregivers work together to promote physical activity and healthy food choices, as well as preventing tobacco use in children from preschool through grade 8.