Posted by Melissa Heintz, Public Affairs Specialist, Institute of Museum and Library Services on May 9, 2014
Yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama presented the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service at a special ceremony in the White House. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for community service and celebrates how they make a difference for individuals, families, and communities.
Posted by Dr. Janey Thornton, Deputy Under Secretary, USDA Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services on May 2, 2014
Ed Note: This blog is cross-posted from usda.gov. You can find the original post here.
As the school year begins to wind down, let’s take time to acknowledge the unsung heroes in our nation’s school cafeterias. School nutrition employees contribute greatly to a child’s short- and long-term health and academic success, but their contributions often go without recognition. Today is School Lunch Hero Day, and next week (May 5-9) is School Nutrition Employee Week. Let’s take this opportunity to extend our thanks for all that school nutrition employees do to support our children throughout the entire school year.
Posted by Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition on May 1, 2014
Ed. Note: This blog is cross-posted from fitness.gov. To view the original post, click here.
May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month: a great time to renew your commitment to a healthy, active lifestyle. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activities Among Youth, youth need 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day where they live, learn, and play. In addition to physical health benefits, regular activity provides cognitive health benefits as well. Research shows that when children are physically active, they achieve higher grades, record better attendance, and their behavior improves. Put simply, active kids do better.
Posted by Kasie Coccaro on May 1, 2014
The Sochi 2014 Olympics may be over, but the Let's Move! Olympics are just getting started. And to mark National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, we invited some of our nation's greatest athletes to participate.
Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director, Let’s Move! on April 25, 2014
This weekend, the White House will open its gardens and grounds to visitors to see the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, the Rose Garden, and our favorite, the White House Kitchen Garden. Just three weeks ago, the First Lady, along with local DC students and FoodCorps leaders, planted the sixth annual White House Kitchen Garden. Also, new this year, the First Lady planted the first ever White House Pollinator Garden to support bees, monarch butterflies, and other pollinators.
Posted by Kasie Coccaro, Associate Director of Online Outreach & Operations on April 23, 2014
This week, the National Park Foundation is celebrating National Park Week, and it runs through April 27. The National Parks provide a great opportunity to get outside and be active while having fun discovering new places! And if there was ever a week to discover the diverse wildlife, iconic landscapes, vibrant cultures, and rich history America’s national parks have to offer, this is it.
Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director, Let’s Move! on April 23, 2014
It was a beautiful day on the South Lawn yesterday as over 30,000 people visited for the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This year’s theme was “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” and many of the day’s activities were in support of Let’s Move!, providing kids and families with opportunities for fun physical activity and helpful tips on eating healthy.
Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director, Let’s Move! on April 22, 2014
Stars from Disney Channel’s JESSIE joined the First Lady and Chef Marc Murphy to prepare healthy snacks at this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll. Check out the tasty recipes below and try them out at home with your family:
Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director, Let's Move! on April 21, 2014
Today marks the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll, and we couldn’t be more excited. The theme for this year’s Easter Egg Roll is “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape.”
Posted by Jackie Haven, MS, RD, USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion on April 18, 2014
Ed. Note: This blog was originally posted on USDA.gov. To view the full post, click here.
The MyPlate On Campus initiative, USDA’s effort to promote healthy eating on college campuses nationwide through peer-to-peer education, launched 1 year ago. In that time, nearly 2,000 students, representing all 50 states, have joined the cause by becoming MyPlate On Campus Ambassadors. It has been exciting to watch it grow and see the creative ways that students are bringing nutrition education to life on their campus. Read below about how one group of passionate students is helping to spread the MyPlate message: