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.
By partnering with local vendors to buy fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious ingredients, the Vermont Works for Women FRESH Food Program has served more than 68,000 kids in early care and education centers meals that not only meet, but exceed USDA nutritional standards. This is just one example of efforts taking place across the country to increase access to fruits and vegetables.
Posted by Kelly Miterko on May 22, 2013
Today at the White House, we celebrated a group of educational publishers on their development of voluntary guidance to incorporate health information into textbooks and other learning materials.
The First Lady applauded the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), the Association of American Publishers (AAP), the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP), and the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) for voluntarily coming together to support the health of our nation’s children by incorporating healthy food and physical activity into all subject areas.
Posted by Nahal Hamidi, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary Policy, Management and Budget Department of the Interior on May 17, 2013
This Saturday, May 18th, join thousands of families nationwide and take a trip to a nearby park or open space for National Kids to Parks Day! For the third year in a row, The National Park Trust is encouraging kids and their parents to explore their neighborhood parks and discover the history, nature, and adventure right around the corner or just across town.
Posted by Cristeta Comerford is the White House Executive Chef on May 17, 2013
Growing up in the Philippines, my mother was my main source of inspiration for cooking. I came from a family of eleven kids, and as a child, I would constantly volunteer to help her in the kitchen. My mother would prepare such amazing authentic Filipino food, and cooking for her was almost second nature. She didn’t think about it, she just knew what ingredients to use, how much of each to use, and how to combine their flavors in ways that would satisfy everyone in the family.
Ed. note: The full text of the op-ed by First Lady Michelle Obama is printed below. The piece is published today on Women's Health, and can be found here.
To mark the start of National Women's Health Week, First Lady Michelle Obama encourages us all to start thinking about our health, and the health of our families.
Posted by Ali Kelley, National Park Service on May 10, 2013
If you enjoy the outdoors and appreciate awesome imagery, you are a natural fit for the “Share the Experience” photo contest. The official federal recreation photo contest, “Share the Experience” invites people ages 13 and above to submit photos of the outdoors to be featured on the America the Beautiful Pass – an annual pass that covers entrance fees at over 2,000 federal recreation sites,
Posted by Kasie Coccaro on May 10, 2013
On Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama presented the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the Nation's highest honor given to museums and libraries. Three of the five winning museums have joined the First Lady in promoting healthier eating and an active lifestyle by becoming a Let's Move! Museum.
Posted by Jodi Gillette on May 9, 2013
Editor's Note: This is a cross post from WhiteHouse.gov. You can find the original post here.
I recently had the honor of attending an event to mark the 2nd Anniversary of Let’s Move! in Indian Country at Chimney Rock National Monument in southwestern Colorado. I hiked and learned about this magnificent landscape on our way to the top with fifty youth from the Southern Ute Montessori Elementary, the Deputy Undersecretary of Agriculture Butch Blazer, and a handful of youth from the Pueblos who work with the Southwest Conservation Corps, an AmeriCorps partner organization that engages and trains a diverse group of young women and men and completes conservation projects for the public benefit.
Posted by Melissa Heintz, Public Affairs Specialist, Institute of Museum and Library Services on May 8, 2013
Today First Lady Michelle Obama will present the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service to five museums and five libraries 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.