Posted by Jessica Wahl, Youth Programs Specialist at the Department of the Interior on July 13, 2011
Right after Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation, eloquently described the cultural significance of the traditional lacrosse stick- the wood that connects us to the forests, the leather string that connects us to the four-legged creatures, and the medicine existing in the ball- a lone Hawk started circling above the White House. It was a moment I will never forget, admiring the contrast of the beautiful bird against the bright blue sky while listening to Iroquois Confederacy Tadodaho Sid Hill’s traditional Onondaga blessing presented in his Native language. I was lucky enough to see the reaction in Alf Jacques, Traditional Stick Maker, and Native lacrosse stars Brett Bucktooth and Jeremy Thompson from the Iroquois National team. It was 92 degrees and I had goosebumps, an early indication that this South Lawn Series (SLS) was going to be special.
Posted by Let's Move on July 11, 2011
DC area and Native American youth spent the morning playing lacrosse at the White House, learning both traditional and modern forms of the game as part of the South Lawn Series and Let's Move! in Indian Country. The kids explored the sport and its origins with tribal leaders, as well as professional lacrosse athletes. Visit here for more info about Let's Move! in Indian Country.
Posted by Dean Fluker, Department of Health and Human Services on July 5, 2011
Last month, the City of Memphis, Tennessee officially kicked off their Let’s Move! Program. Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, Jr. along with over 170 children showed their support for the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative during a celebration and announcement event at the Hickory Hill Community Center. The event kicked off with Beyonce’s Let’s Move! flash workout led by scholars from Power Center Academy, which served as a great backdrop for Mayor Wharton’s unveiling of the city’s first SAFE Zone.
Posted by Sarah Linde-Feucht, MD, Chief Public Health Officer, Health Resources and Services Administration on July 5, 2011
Everyone has a role to play in reducing childhood and adult obesity. Involvement from all levels of government, schools, community organizations, and families is key to ensuring a healthier future for America. People all across the country have started moving. From community gardens to fun fitness programs in schools, communities are doing their parts to make the goal of healthier living a reality.
Posted by Joanne Grossi, HHS Regional Director for DE, PA, MD, WV, VA, DC on June 29, 2011
During the month of May, Mayor C. Kim Bracey of York, Pennsylvania, focused on First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative of encouraging children in the City of York, Pennsylvania to become active by participating in physical activities and working towards a healthier lifestyle.
Posted by Dean Fluker, Department of Health and Human Services on June 29, 2011
In an enthusiastic response to First Lady Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative, San Diego County, California, has in turn initialized its own program, known as "Live Well, San Diego!" Among a number of sub-programs brought into existence under the “Live Well, San Diego!” umbrella, the “Healthy Works” program focuses on children in the school system. In this way, they have ensured that children will enjoy a nutritious breakfast every day, which has actually increased classroom attendance and lowered the number of nurse visits.
Posted by Jessica Wahl Youth Programs Specialist, Department of the Interior on June 29, 2011
A few days after the Lets Move Indian Country launch, the annual Native Vision Camp was held in New Mexico as part of an ongoing partnership between the NFL Players Association and the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health. The community of Shiprock, N.M. and tribe Navajo Nation played host to the 2011 event, which highlighted the importance of health and fitness among Native American youth.
Posted by By Yvette Roubideaux, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Indian Health Service on June 23, 2011
Yesterday, one month after the official launch of Let’s Move! in Indian Country(LMIC), the Indian Health Service (IHS) visited the Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, NM to launch the IHS Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Improving health in early childhood is a critical pillar of LMIC, and this initiative is designed to create a healthy start on life and help prevent childhood obesity. As a part of the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign, LMIC brings together federal agencies, communities, nonprofits, corporate partners, and tribes with the goal of ending the epidemic of childhood obesity in Indian Country within a generation.
Posted by Carol O’Meara, Extension Agent, Colorado State University Extension Boulder County on June 22, 2011
It didn’t look like much of a school in 2005, with the barbed wire fencing and modular classrooms crowding the yard, yet FirstLine Charter Schools founders saw the potential to turn children’s lives around. But just ten days after opening their doors, Hurricane Katrina struck, bringing five feet of flood waters to cover the school grounds.
Posted by Kristen Nelson, USDA Forest Service on June 21, 2011
The U.S. Forest Service and community partners have been encouraging children and their families across the country to spend time reconnecting with nature, trying new recreation activities and just having some good fun. The effort is called National Get Outdoors Day, or GO Day, and enjoyed its first celebration on June 11th.