Posted by Ann Wright, Deputy Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs on May 3, 2011
Ensuring that Americans eat well and lead healthy lives is among our greatest goals at USDA. First Lady Michelle Obama, of course, has taken an important role on this front – leading a national conversation and administration-wide effort. As part of the Lets Move! initiative USDA is taking on the challenge of food deserts. These nutritional wastelands exist across America in both urban and rural communities where parents and children simply do not have access to a supermarket.
Posted by Shannon Rudisill, Director, Office of Child Care, Administration for Children & Families, Department of Health & Human Services on May 3, 2011
At the Colusa Indian Community Council’s Hand-in-Hand Learning Center in northern California, the garden is the focal point of a curriculum that revolves around physical and mental health, fresh food, and local partnerships. The garden, which has been a work in progress for the last five years, is central to Hand-in-Hand’s efforts to educate children and families about healthy lifestyles and obesity prevention.
Posted by Jaime Mulligan, New Media Analyst for Public Health on May 2, 2011
What do First Lady Michelle Obama, TV host Kelly Ripa, and ultramarathon runner Dean Karnazes have in common? All three care about helping kids across America get active to get healthy, and all three were on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday. The First Lady brought the special guests to meet with D.C.-area students and talk about the importance of physical activity. Ripa and Karnazes are involved with Run Across America, which holds community runs to introduce everyday Americans to a healthy, fun cardio routine they can do with friends and family.
Posted by Cyndie Story on May 2, 2011
Ed. note: This was originally posted on WhiteHouse.gov
Posted by Tim Cipriano, Executive Director of Food Services for New Haven Public Schools on April 29, 2011
Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to join 5 chefs from across the country, all of us being recognized as a Champion of Change. Working together as a team the six of us joined in a discussion with Under Secretary Kevin Concannon and Chef Sam Kass to discuss opportunities and challenges of the Chefs Move to Schools, a program of the Let's Move! Initiative.
Posted by Carlin Breinig, Chef on April 28, 2011
On Wednesday, April 20, I was notified that I had received a Champions of Change award and was invited to participate in a roundtable discussion with Administration officials and several chefs and nutritionist specialists. We were asked to discuss the healthy schools initiative, the Chefs Move to Schools project and what we were doing in our communities.
Posted by Julie Curti, Assistant to the Director, USDA Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships on April 28, 2011
Spring is here and that means it is time to get your hands in the soil and start gardening! As part of Let’s Move! Faith and Communities, First Lady Michelle Obama has challenged congregations and neighborhood organizations to plant gardens in their communities.
Posted by Wayne Maloney, Office of Communications on April 28, 2011
St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford joined Secretary Vilsack in the USDA People’s Garden yesterday to urge Native American youth to spend the summer pursuing healthy outdoor activities. About 30 Native youth from across the Nation, including Tuba City, Arizona and Southeast Alaska, planted a Native American Garden (part of the USDA People’s Garden) as Bradford, Vilsack and other dignitaries spoke.
Posted by Secretary Ray LaHood on April 27, 2011
In this time of high gas prices, it’s important that we give Americans options for getting where they need to go. One way to do that is by fostering livable communities where people can choose to leave their cars behind and safely walk where they need to go.
Posted by Garrett Berdan, RD on April 27, 2011
Cross-posted from the White House blog
Editor’s Note: Champions of Change is a weekly initiative to highlight Americans who are making an impact in their communities and help our country rise to the many challenges of the 21st century.