Posted by Secretary Tom Vilsack, U.S. Department of Agriculture on March 11, 2010
The epidemics of obesity and tobacco use are national problems: two-thirds of adults and 1 in 3 children are overweight or obese, and each day 4,000 kids try their first cigarette.
Posted by Kimberly Teehee, Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs, White House Domestic Policy Council on March 9, 2010
In his address on the State of the Union, President Obama announced that First Lady Michelle Obama would be taking the lead in the Administration's efforts "to tackle the epidemic of childhood obesity." Two weeks later, on February 9, the First Lady unveiled a nationwide campaign - Let's Move! - to fight the epidemic and improve the health of children. An integral part of the First Lady's campaign will be to work with American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities, where childhood obesity rates are particularly high.
Posted by Dr. Regina Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General on March 8, 2010
There is perhaps no more serious challenge to the nation's health and well-being than that posed by childhood obesity. Last week, I testified about the issue before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (HELP). I told our elected leaders that we need to change the national conversation on obesity, that we need to create healthier environments in our communities, and that government can't solve the problem alone.
Posted by Alexandra Traber, Office of The First Lady on March 6, 2010
On Friday, First Lady Michelle Obama joined local elementary school students for a soccer clinic in Washington, DC.
Posted by Kori Schulman, The White House Associate Director of New Media on March 5, 2010
On Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama travelled to Jackson, Mississippi to visit two local schools and discuss ways to promote healthy schools as part of the recently launched Let's Move! campaign.
Posted by Jenny Backus, Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services on March 5, 2010
As part of the Let's Move! initiative, we are taking a closer look at Americans' dietary and physical activity habits in an effort to better understand how we can empower consumers to make better choices.Â The Health and Diet survey from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a helpful tool in providing a snapshot of the nation's dietary habits.
Posted by Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., Commissioner of Food and Drugs on March 5, 2010
The scientists, regulators, inspectors, and others at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are eager to join First Lady Michelle Obama and our Lets Move! partners in the fight against childhood obesity.
Posted by Cross-posted from the <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/03/03/let-s-move-mississippi"> White House Blog</a> on March 4, 2010
The First Lady traveled to Jackson, Mississippi today to spend time with students, officials and experts discussing a deeply important issue, not just as a First Lady, but as a mother. And that's childhood obesity.
Posted by Secretary Tom Vilsack, U.S. Department of Agriculture on March 3, 2010
The timing of the School Nutrition Association's (SNA) annual legislative action conference couldn't have been better as USDA and the Obama Administration continue working on advancing the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act. I really appreciated the opportunity to address the national organization representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals who are on the front lines of the effort to improve the health and nutrition of our nation's children.
Posted by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services on March 3, 2010
Last weekend I had the privilege of traveling to Vancouver to attend the final days of the 2010 Winter Olympics. While I was there, I was inspired by the talent, sportsmanship, and perseverance of the athletes - and their commitment to staying healthy and fit.