Posted by Diane Harris, PhD MPH Health Scientist, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on June 19, 2014
More than 1.7 million school-age children in the United States have better access to fresh fruits and vegetables thanks to new salad bars donated to schools through Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools. Recently, the program partnership released results of a survey of recipient school districts. Among the benefits of school salad bars reported by school food service directors were increased student access to fresh fruits and vegetables and increased student participation in the school lunch program.
Posted by Elyse Cohen, Deputy Director, Let’s Move! on June 13, 2014
Yesterday, the First Lady joined Secretary Vilsack, school nutrition directors from across the country, and the same local Washington, D.C. students who participated in the garden planting in April, to harvest the summer crop from the White House Kitchen Garden. Due to inclement weather, the event was moved inside, but not without bringing the students down to the garden before the event to see the fruits of their labor. They were certainly impressed with the growth of the delicious foods they helped to plant.
Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director, Let’s Move! on June 13, 2014
From farm to table, or from White House Kitchen Garden to State Dining Room, local DC elementary school students joined the First Lady and Let's Move! Executive Director Sam Kass to prepare a healthy lunch at this year’s summer garden harvest. Check out the recipe below and try it out at home!
Posted by Alex Wall on June 12, 2014
Ed. note: This is cross-posted from the The White House Blog. See the original post here.
Millions of kids across America are eating healthier school meals because of new nutrition standards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Today at 2:30 p.m. ET, the First Lady held a Twitter Q&A to help raise awareness around the importance of our kids eating healthy and getting the nutrition they need.
Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director, Let’s Move! on June 11, 2014
This year marked the third annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a nationwide recipe challenge issued by First Lady Michelle Obama, Epicurious, the Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to promote healthy eating among America’s youth in support of Let’s Move!. For this year’s challenge, more than 1,500 recipes were submitted from talented, young chefs from all across the country.
Posted by Drew Brees, Co-Chair of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition and NFL Quarterback on June 10, 2014
Ed Note: This blog is cross-posted from fitness.gov. You can find the original post here.
As we approach end of the school year for students across America, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition is raising awareness about the importance of physical activity and good nutrition for all kids before, during and after the school day. We know that ACTIVE KIDS DO BETTER! They perform better academically and tend to make better health choices into adulthood.
Posted by Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director, President's Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition on June 5, 2014
Last week, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition was proud to join the partners of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP) to recognize Georgia as the first state to fully implement the program. The Presidential Youth Fitness Program, which was launched in September 2012, encourages schools, districts and states to meet criteria that will provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to be active and healthy for a lifetime.
Posted by Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services on June 4, 2014
Ed Note: This blog is cross-posted from usda.gov. You can find the original post here.
This week is National Summer Food Service Program Kickoff Week, an important time to emphasize USDA’s commitment to ensure children and teens have access to safe, nutritious meals when school lets out. Through the Summer Food Service Program, federal assistance is provided for state agencies and non-profit sponsors to help children in eligible high-need areas get the proper nutrition they need during the summer when schools are not in session.
Posted by Pamela Bryant, Health Communications Specialist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on June 3, 2014
This month marks the third anniversary of Let’s Move! Child Care, a nationwide call-to-action that empowers child care and early education providers to make positive health changes in children that could last a lifetime. On this occasion, we salute the over 12,500 child care and early education providers who have committed to working towards the Initiative’s 5 goals and best practices for healthy nutrition, physical activity, breastfeeding support, and screen time. Watch this video to see how it all began.
Posted by Eric Goldstein, Chief Executive Officer, Office of School Support Services, New York City Department of Education on June 2, 2014
Last week, I had the honor and privilege of joining First Lady Michelle Obama along with other school leaders and experts for a roundtable discussion about the innovative and creative ways we are implementing the school nutrition standards.