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Posted by Mick Cornett, Oklahoma City Mayor on June 14, 2010
In 2007, Oklahoma City had great momentum. Our economy was booming and investments we had made in ourselves were beginning to pay off. But there was one significant issue we were avoiding – obesity. It was causing us all sorts of health problems, and it was getting us the kind of attention we didn't want. And we weren't even talking about it.
Posted by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services on June 11, 2010
Earlier this year, when the First Lady announced the initiative to eliminate childhood obesity within a generation, we were aware that it was an ambitious goal. At the White House kickoff, she said, "This isn't the kind of problem that can be solved overnight, but with everyone working together, it can be solved."
Posted by Patrick Corvington, CEO, Corporation for National and Community Service on June 10, 2010
All across America children are excitedly counting down the days to summer vacation; summer is a time each year when children and families can relax, play, and explore their creative interests together. We are, however, keenly aware that summer is also the time when the healthy habits and knowledge that our children developed during the school year are most likely to stall.
Posted by Sam Kass, White House Assistant Chef and the Food Initiative Coordinator on June 5, 2010
What an amazing day! Today, hundreds of chefs from over 37 states gathered on the South Lawn of the White House in support of the "Chefs Move to Schools" program, a part of the First Lady's Let's Move! Campaign to end the epidemic of childhood obesity.
Posted by Rhea Suh, Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management & Budget, Department of the Interior on June 3, 2010
Yesterday, I was fortunate to join First Lady Michelle Obama, Representative Dina Titus and Senator Harry Reid at the launch of Let's Move Outside! in the spectacular Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area of Southern Nevada. The Canyon is just a short drive from the bustle of the Las Vegas Strip; this 197,000 acre property takes you to another time and with its solitude, wide open vistas and soaring red sandstone cliffs. Red Rock Canyon is one of only sixteen National Landscape Conservation Areas in the country, managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
Posted by Sammi Citron, USDA Intern on May 26, 2010
Reading a Scholastic book, or attending a Scholastic book fair are both rites of passage equal in importance to the first day you walked to school by yourself, or the first time dividing fractions finally made sense. A long-standing tradition within the book-savvy crowd is the Scholastic Kid Press Corps, a group of adolescents eager to be on the front lines of reporting well before they hit their teen years. One of these kids is Jonas Hosmer.
Posted by Melissa Blaustein, White House Intern on May 26, 2010
On May 25, the First Lady welcomed nearly 100 local students to the White House to kick off the South Lawn Series - events throughout the summer season to bring local children, sports leagues, community programs and coaches to the South Lawn to participate in sports, games and activities.
Posted by Kori Schulman, Associate Director of New Media at the White House on May 20, 2010
Mrs. Obama invited Mexico's First Lady Margarita Zavala to the New Hampshire Estates Elementary School in Silver Spring, Maryland for a Let's Move! event, as part of the Administration's activities to welcome the President and First Lady of Mexico.
Posted by S. Lawrence Kocot, interim president and CEO, Partnership for a Healthier America on May 18, 2010
In my work with the Partnership for a Healthier America, I recognize the great task that we have taken on - to mobilize broad-based support for efforts to solve the childhood obesity challenge and facilitate commitments toward the First Lady's national target of solving childhood obesity within a generation, the goal of her Let's Move! campaign. Yesterday, we announced an agreement with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) that takes an important first step toward this goal.
Posted by Sam Kass, White House Assistant Chef and the Food Initiative Coordinator on May 14, 2010
Since the groundbreaking of the White House Kitchen Garden more than a year ago, local students have spent time on the South Lawn of the White House planting seeds, harvesting vegetables and learning about health and nutrition along the way. Through the garden, the First Lady started a discussion on the role food plays in living a healthy life. The discussion grew into the Let's Move! campaign and like the garden - we just keep on growing.