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Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray and Yum-O! You'll look forward to having this wrap for lunch all morning long! Ask your grown-up helper (GH) to help you by preparing the instant rice, maybe while they make their morning coffee. Serves 1 Ingredients:
Posted by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on October 19, 2010
It was an unusual chant for a schoolyard: “Salad! Salad! Salad!” But that’s what I heard from the students at Fremont Elementary in Long Beach, California as they cheered the opening of the school’s – and region’s – very first school salad bar.
Posted by Ali Kelley, Special Assistant to the Director, National Park Service on October 19, 2010
Families in Natchez, Mississippi know how to get moving outside, and make the most of the special places in their community. The Mississippi River Connections Collaboration, which includes the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service, recently hosted “Let’s Move Outside Southwest Mississippi,” a daylong celebration of healthy, outdoor recreation. Hundreds of people from Adams and surrounding counties came to Natchez – a city of roughly 20,000 people along the Mississippi River – to participate in multiple activities and explore the area’s famous historical sites.
Posted by Erin Edgerton on October 17, 2010
Although National School Lunch Week officially ended yesterday, here’s one more recipe from Epicurious.com for a healthy and simple dessert. And don’t forget about the Recipes for Healthy Kids competition – you have through December 30th to submit your recipe into the competition.
Posted by Erin Edgerton on October 16, 2010
National School Lunch Week is a great time to remember the important role that healthy meals play in our daily lives.  Parents, teachers, kids, schools and communities – there’s a way for everyone to take action and get engaged with Let’s Move! 
Posted by Erin Edgerton on October 15, 2010
The National School Lunch Program provides nutritious meals to millions of American children and helps educate kids on making healthy choices early in life.
Posted by Let's Move on October 15, 2010
A key part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative to combat childhood obesity, the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) will help revitalize neighborhoods by eliminating “food deserts,” locations with limited access to affordable and nutritious food, within seven years. Food desert communities are typically served by inexpensive restaurants and convenience stores that offer little or no fresh food. A study by the U.S.
Posted by Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan on October 14, 2010
An integral part of the Let’s Move! initiative is gaining a critical boost when it comes to solving the challenge of childhood obesity and improving the health and nutrition of all Americans. Today, USDA is proud to announce new investments that will help connect farms with families at the local level by providing grants to local farmers markets, producers, and farmers. Farmers markets across the country help families make the right choice when it comes to fresh produce and foods by bringing their harvest right to our communities.
Posted by Erin Edgerton on October 14, 2010
We’re continuing our celebration of National School Lunch Week with another easy and delicious recipe.  If you have a favorite lunch recipe, join the conversation on the Let’s Move! Facebook page and enter the Recipes for Healthy Kids competition.
Posted by Dr. Sophia Smith, MD on October 14, 2010
I recently attended a workshop held by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) to educate pediatric health care providers about prescribing outdoor activities to children and families as part of their Children and Nature Initiative. As a pediatrician working in Washington, DC, I see many patients that face chronic illness as a direct consequence of childhood obesity. Many of today’s children have become creatures of the indoors, spending countless hours in front of TV and computer screens, to the detriment of their physical and mental health.