Posted by Larry Chambers, Office of Communication, U.S. Forest Service on August 30, 2013
Ed. note: This is crossposted from blogs.usda.gov. See the original post here. Learn more about the history of Labor Day, and the history of the U.S. Department of Labor.
What better way to spend a three-day weekend than outside with friends and family? America’s national forests and grasslands offer a wide variety of recreation opportunities ranging from backcountry camping far from civilization to developed picnic areas with all the facilities you need for the perfect end-of-summer barbecue with family and friends.
Of course, there are still fires burning in some areas of the country so check the status of your destination before heading out. Safety is key.
Here are a few ideas to help you plan your weekend:
Ditch the video games and cable box this weekend and spend the night outside. Check out Recreation.gov for the latest information on reservations for developed camp sites. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, the national forests have plenty of undeveloped sites offering a more up-close-and-personal experience with nature. Check your local forest or grassland web pages for more information.
Posted by Emily Ritchie, FoodCorps Fellow on August 29, 2013
The school day keeps getting healthier for kids in the Bend-LaPine School District in central Oregon! Building on the concept of Farm to School (connecting farmers to schools), Oregon is implementing an innovative concept called “Boat to School.” This program connects Oregon fishermen and processors with the school cafeteria and classroom so that local seafood is served on the lunch line and students learn about coastal communities.
Posted by AJ Pearlman, Associate Director for Policy, Let's Move! on August 28, 2013
As summer winds down and the new school year begins, it’s the perfect time to rev up your fruit intake and enjoy the last few weeks of in-season summer fruits!
Posted by Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on August 27, 2013
There is new evidence that schools across the nation are taking important steps to improve the health and wellbeing of America's children.
A new study released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that school districts nationwide are showing real progress in measures related to nutritional policies, physical education and tobacco policies.
Posted by Elyse Cohen, Deputy Director, Let’s Move! on August 26, 2013
As school bells rang across the country this morning, Let’s Move! Executive Director Sam Kass visited the TODAY Show to talk about the importance of nutritious meals for kids—both in school and at home. He also highlighted Let’s Move! Active Schools, the First Lady’s initiative to really get kids active throughout the school day.
Posted by Elyse Cohen, Deputy Director, Let's Move! on August 25, 2013
It’s almost time to see those smashing forehands and backhands! Yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama visited the U.S. Open to celebrate the 18th Annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, which brings together thousands of kids and families, tennis players, and celebrities to celebrate the life and legacy of the tennis legend and humanitarian Arthur Ashe. The First Lady spoke to the kids and their families about the importance of staying active and she announced a new commitment that the United States Tennis Association (USTA) pledged to the Partnership for a Healthier America in support of Let’s Move!
Posted by Elyse Cohen, Deputy Director, Let's Move! on August 24, 2013
Tune in tonight as First Lady Michelle Obama joins Univision’s “Sábado Gigante” show to talk with kids about one of her favorite topics--the importance of eating healthy. Just last month, as part of Let's Move!, the White House welcomed more than 50 young people from all around the country for the Kids State Dinner, and the First Lady wants kids to know that you don't have to come to the White House to start whipping up your own healthy recipes... you can do it with your family right in your own kitchen.
Posted by Tyler Holden on August 20, 2013
Last week, @FLOTUS asked her social media followers to share what's growing in their personal gardens using #LetsMoveGarden. Check out the results below, but as a warning, they may make you hungry!
Posted by Tyler Holden on August 19, 2013
This weekend, First Lady Michelle Obama appeared in Parade Magazine and applauded the success of Let’s Move! Whether in school cafeterias or at the Kids' State Dinner, First Lady Michelle Obama has consistently promoted nutrition and getting active throughout her time at the White House.
Posted by AJ Pearlman, Associate Director for Policy, Let's Move! on August 16, 2013
The Wonderful World of Webinars
You don’t have to tell us twice – we know you are busy.
That’s why the Let’s Move! sub-initiatives are trying to make it as easy as possible for you and leaders in your community to access a wealth of training materials and opportunities from the comfort of your home.
Behold – the power of the webinar! Webinars, live online educational presentations, offer viewers the perfect blend of interaction and convenience. We are such avid fans that we are bringing you a whole host of webinars this month.