Posted by Dr. Rebecca Bunnell, ScD, Med, Program Director, Communities Putting Prevention to Work on April 11, 2011
In Auburn, Washington, more than 30 percent of Auburn adults are obese, and the area is home to the highest levels of adult obesity in the Seattle-King County area. But Auburn High School students have embarked an effort to change that. The school’s campaign, titled COMMIT TO FIT, encourages healthy behaviors and rewards participants for smart choices.
Posted by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on April 11, 2011
Soon after moving into the White House, the First Lady along with local elementary school children planted The Kitchen Garden at the White House, the first garden of its kind on White House grounds since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden during World War II.
Posted by Cindy McArthur, National Partnership Office, U.S. Forest Service on April 7, 2011
Under a bright Hawaiian sun, a group of girls ages 11 to 18 planted a special vegetable garden that will not only teach others about ecosystems but will also help endangered sea turtles. The project is inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Lets Move! campaign and the USDA People’s Garden Initiative. The girls, who attend the same church in Mililani, Hawaii, needed a community service project. Sea Life Park on Oahu had land and a seed of an idea to plant a garden. The U.S. Forest Service helped to bring the two groups together.
Posted by Kathryn Sosbe, Office of Communication, U.S. Forest Service on April 7, 2011
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday the infusion of $1 million from the current U.S. Forest Service budget toward projects and programs that get kids outside to experience the great outdoors, connect with nature and help nurture future land stewards.
Posted by Sefa Aina and Hines Ward on April 7, 2011
Over the weekend, more than 1500 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) youth and family members joined celebrity fitness trainer, Jillian Michaels, and professional athletes Troy Polamalu and Marcus McNeil at the University of California, Los Angeles, to answer the First Lady’s call. Our goal: draw attention to the increasing rate of childhood obesity among NHPI youth and promote physical activity and healthy living.
Posted by Debbie Smoot, Director, Public Affairs Southeast Region, USDA, Food and Nutrition Service on April 7, 2011
Back in January, we posted a blog about the Chefs Move to Schools initiative, called Chef Helps Special Needs School Children Explore New Foods. The story highlighted the efforts of Morning Star School, Orlando, Fla., and created a windfall of support in the local community for the Morning Star Foodies. The Morning Star Foodies are the special needs students involved in the school’s Let’s Move! program.
Posted by Jaime Mulligan on April 7, 2011
Recently, First Lady Michelle Obama, along with school children from DC-area schools Bancroft Elementary and Harriet Tubman Elementary, planted the kitchen garden. Now in its third year, this planting season the garden included spinach, peas, lettuce, broccoli, blueberries, raspberries and other vegetables and herbs.
Posted by Judy Baker, HHS Regional Director for Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri on March 29, 2011
With a new mobile playground and a season pass to pools and other outdoor activities, Davenport, Iowa, has jumped feet first into the Let’s Move! program.
Posted by Chris Kelly, Mid-Atlantic Region Public Affairs Specialist on March 25, 2011
About a year ago Beverly Jackey, the community nutritionist for the Food Bank of Delaware, came up with a unique way of teaching kids to eat healthy. Jackey believed that children are more willing to try nutritious new foods when they are involved in preparing them. So Jackey and the Food Bank created a program called KID CHEF, which stands for Cooking Healthy Easy Food.
Posted by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and GSA Administrator Martha Johnson on March 24, 2011
During this administration, there has been a special emphasis put on physical fitness and healthy eating. In fact, last month the First Lady celebrated the first anniversary of Let’s Move! Other administration initiatives like the Presidents Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition have motivated parents and children alike to “get moving,” and make healthier choices. We believe it’s important that the federal government set an example for the initiatives we are encouraging others to follow. To that end, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been actively supporting programs across the Department to help Americans get healthy, stay well and thrive.