Posted by Dr. Robert Post on June 14, 2013
Today is National Eat Your Vegetables Day and that means that it’s time to veg out. No, not on your couch—in your kitchen!
Vegetables give your body the nutrients you need to be healthy and strong. Not only that, but they taste delicious and can be prepared in many different ways. Whether they are raw or cooked; fresh, frozen, canned, or dried/dehydrated; or whole, cut-up, or mashed, it’s incredibly easy to incorporate vegetables into snacks and at mealtime. Here are some tips for enjoying veggies at their best:
Posted by Persis Sosiak, Senior Director, Public Health and Research, Cleveland Clinic on June 12, 2013
Here at Cleveland Clinic, we are proud to be a leader in the movement to ensure all young people grow up healthy. We accomplish this goal by collaborating with other childhood health champions, like the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative and USDA’s MyPlate, to work with Ohio schools and community organizations to incorporate nutrition and health lessons into kids’ everyday activities.
Ed Note: This is a cross post from the blog of cncs.gov. You can find the original post here.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) kicked off its national Let’s Read. Let’s Move. summer initiative by joining the Junior League of Washington (JLW) to give away the first of more than 15,000 books to DC Public School (DCPS) students on Wednesday, May 29, 2013.
Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS, was joined by JLW President Wendy Cumberland, National Football League player Visanthe Shiancoe, NFL Players Association representative Joe Briggs, Junior League volunteers, and AmeriCorps members from DC SCORES and City Year. During the fun-filled afternoon, second-grade classes at Garfield Elementary School in Washington, DC, learned about healthy play and exercise with volunteers, read together in groups, and choose four books to take home and read during the summer.
This week marks the second anniversary of USDA’s MyPlate, the food icon that reminds us to build a healthy plate with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins, and fat-free or low-fat dairy at every meal. MyPlate and its partners have been celebrating My Plate’s Birthday all week and today, First Lady Michelle Obama joined in the fun, pulling together some of her favorite MyPlate-inspired dishes to be featured on the My Plate Recipes Pinterest board.
First Lady Michelle Obama choose dishes that are tasty, easy to make, and nutritious. Dishes include dinner entrees to salads to refreshing desserts. Check them out and tell us what you like best with the hashtag #MyPlateBirthday.
Posted by Kasie Coccaro on June 5, 2013
To become a champion, it is important to be active, stay fit, and eat healthy. Today we caught up with members of the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens who were at the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl win earlier this year and asked them to share their favorite off-season workouts, summertime healthy foods and why it's important to stay fit and be active. Check out what they had to say below:
Posted by A.J. Pearlman on June 5, 2013
This morning on the National Mall, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis, and Let’s Move! Executive Director Sam Kass joined executives and chefs of major concessioners to announce that visitors will have additional choices for purchasing healthy, nutritious food at national parks across the country.
“Our national parks are renowned around the world for their breathtaking landscapes and important cultural and historical sites,” Secretary Jewell said. “Today, as part of the administration’s efforts to promote healthier choices, we are adding yet another reason to visit our national parks and increasing the number of healthy food options available to visitors at parks from coast to coast.”
Through the Healthy Parks, Healthy People initiative, Director Jarvis issued healthy food standards and sustainable food guidelines that will increase the number of menu items available at more than 250 food and beverage operations in national parks.
Posted by Kasie Coccaro on June 2, 2013
Time flies when you are eating healthy! June 2nd marks the second anniversary of MyPlate, the food icon that reminds us to build a healthy plate with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins, and fat-free or low-fat dairy at every meal. MyPlate is one of the easiest ways to learn about healthy eating. It's a friendly image for parents and kids to look at and recognize how to pile up their own plate. As First Lady Michelle Obama says:
Posted by Nahal Hamidi, Department of the Interior on June 1, 2013
Now that summer is almost here, it is the perfect time to get outside and celebrate our country's magnificent landscapes, waterways and historical sites. In cities and towns across the country, public lands and waters provide unparalleled opportunities for affordable, family-friendly recreation. From rugged trails to urban rivers, and from sandy coastlines to rolling battlefields, these places are meant to be explored and enjoyed by all!
Posted by Chef Cristeta Comerford on May 29, 2013
On Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama joined school children from across the country to harvest the summer crop from the White House Kitchen Garden. For this harvest, the First Lady invited children from two New Jersey communities that were affected by Hurricane Sandy. The First Lady also invited back all the children who helped plant the garden in April so they could see the fruits of their labors.
After picking the vegetables from the garden, White House chefs prepared a salad with spring garden lettuce, snap peas, radishes, and White House honey vinaigrette dressing, and grilled vegetable flatbread.
White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford shared the recipes for the salad and grilled vegetable flatbread with Let’s Move!:
Posted by Kasie Coccaro on May 28, 2013
Today, a group of student helpers joined First Lady Michelle Obama for the summer White House kitchen garden harvest. For this harvest, the First Lady invited children from two New Jersey communities that were affected by Hurricane Sandy and invited back all the children who helped plant the garden in April so they could see the fruits of their labors. First Lady Michelle Obama and the students got their hands dirty picking produce from the garden.