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Posted by Dave Noble, Director of Let’s Move Cities and Towns on October 28, 2010
As the new Director of Let’s Move Cities and Towns, I am working with mayors and city councilors across the country to sign up new Let’s Move Cities and Towns, and support the ones who have signed up already as they work to create healthier communities.
Posted by Shirley Blakely, Ph.D., R.D., FDA Senior Nutrition Policy Advisor on October 26, 2010
Portion control is one of the keys to healthy eating. So, teach your kids about the relationship between serving sizes and calories.
Posted by Joseph Powers on October 25, 2010
Let’s Move! has certainly touched on a nerve in this country. And a good nerve it is. I just got finished teaching my 7th grade Health and Wellness class where we discussed Body Mass Index and calculated the BMI numbers for each student. When I asked the question, “Why should we know and keep track of our BMI?”, two answers stood out. One boy responded, “because we need to be aware of our bodies so we can help prevent conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and strokes.” Impressive for a 7th grader. The second answer was a fun one. His response was “because I think it is part of Let’s Move!”. People are listening. Even 7th grade boys from Washington Jesuit Academy.
Posted by Robin Schepper, Executive Director of the Let's Move! Initiative on October 22, 2010
The rain stopped and the sun came out just in time for the First Lady’s Fall 2010 Kitchen Garden Harvest. Joined by more than 25 students from Washington, DC’s Bancroft and Tubman Elementary Schools, the First Lady and several world-renowned chefs spent the afternoon in the White House garden digging up sweet potatoes, clipping herbs, picking tomatoes, and admiring the pumpkins before sitting down to enjoy a fresh salad from the garden.
Posted by Shirley Blakely, Ph.D., R.D., FDA Senior Nutrition Policy Advisor on October 22, 2010
No matter what you pack in your children’s lunches, you’ll score an ‘A’ if you do three things: As a parent, practice healthful eating yourself, involve your kids in food shopping and meal preparation, and enjoy at least one meal a day with your kids.
Posted by Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior on October 22, 2010
Many of us tend to think of our national parks as remote destinations – spectacular sites that require families to travel great lengths to enjoy. While some parks do meet this description (the main entrance to the Grand Canyon is 80 miles away from the nearest major airport!), there are many great national parks located near or in our major urban centers.
Posted by Billie Jean King, Member, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition on October 22, 2010
One of the highlights of my year is attending the Women’s Sports Foundation’s (WSF) Annual Salute to Women in Sports.  It is so inspiring to have over 60 Olympic and professional athletes gathered in one room.  Michelle Kwan (figure skating) and Allyson Felix (track & field), fellow members of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, were there.  Laila Ali (boxing), Gretchen Bleiler (snowboarding), Alana Nichols (Paralympic skiing and basketball), Jessica Mendoza (softball) and so many more.
Posted by Shirley Blakely, Ph.D., R.D., FDA Senior Nutrition Policy Advisor on October 22, 2010
A quick breakfast can be healthy if you look at it as the first piece of that day’s nutrition puzzle. Hot and cold breakfast cereals are fast and easy. Pair a bowl of oatmeal or cereal with low fat milk and banana slices or blueberries, and you’ve gotten the day off to a pretty good start.
Posted by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan on October 21, 2010
When we think about childhood obesity, most of us think of kids playing video games or eating sugary, unhealthy food.  Less obvious — but not less important — is the impact a child’s neighborhood has on his or her health – and whether it offers them the opportunities they need to walk, run, and play.  Indeed, children in neighborhoods that lack sidewalks, parks, playgrounds, and community centers have up to 45 percent higher odds of becoming obese or overweight.
Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray and Yum-O! This is a great way to fill up a thermos! Orzo’s shape is fun, and so is rolling the little meatballs!  Serving Size Makes 2 big thermosfuls Ingredients