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Posted by Jon Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service on June 17, 2010
Beginning today, national parks will play a new role in First Lady Michelle Obama's campaign to combat childhood obesity. Kids can now become Let's Move Outside Junior Rangers by participating in an outdoor activity that gets their hearts pumping and bodies moving. The Junior Ranger program, available in more than 200 national parks, rewards young people with a certificate and patch or badge for completing a series of fun, educational activities related to each park's unique resources. Now, kids who participate in healthy recreation as part of this requirement will also receive a Let's Move Outside sticker.
Posted by Tom Vilsack, Agriculture Secretary on June 16, 2010
I've just received an important report about diet and health, and wanted to share with you some of what it says. The Advisory Report is from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, and it is directed to me and to Secretary Sebelius at Health and Human Services. We will be using this report as the basis for finalizing the Dietary Guidelines for Americans by the end of the year. This report is a summary of the absolute best and most up-to-date science available, written by a group of 13 prominent independent experts in nutrition and health.
Posted by Rachael Ray, child nutrition advocate and participant in the Chefs Move to Schools Initiative on June 15, 2010
I recently had the privilege of joining the First Lady and hundreds of chefs on the South Lawn of the White House to launch the "Chefs Move to Schools" initiative, a part of the First Lady's Let's Move! Campaign. I grew up in the kitchen at an early age cooking alongside my mother. My grandfather grew all the food we ate: leafy greens, fresh fruits and vegetables and more.
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.