Posted by Marissa Duswalt on June 18, 2012
Have you ever visited the Arctic Circle? Not too many people have! This region is at the northernmost tip of Earth. For Alaskans who live here, eating healthy presents some unique challenges. The cold weather and lack of sunlight limit the fruits and vegetables grown here, and not much produce makes its way up to this area.
Posted by Marissa Duswalt on June 15, 2012
Once school gets out, where do your kids get nutritious meals for breakfast and lunch? Many families have trouble getting meals on the table over the summer, but this week marked the start of summer food service at thousands of sites across the country where kids can get healthy meals and snacks.
Posted by Meredith Reynolds on June 13, 2012
Last year, First Lady Michelle Obama challenged child care providers across America to build a generation of healthy kids. For anyone taking care of little ones, Let’s Move! Child Care is an initiative to help achieve your goals to provide a healthier environment for the kids you serve. The challenges that the First Lady issued to all child care providers are great tips for any household:
Posted by Ali Kelley on June 13, 2012
With school out and summer just around the corner, there's no better time to take your family outdoors for some active adventures! June is Great Outdoors Month - a time to celebrate our country's magnificent landscapes, waterways and historical sites. From the Grand Canyon to Central Park, and from the Great Lakes to the California coast, America is full of spectacular sites that are open for all people to explore and enjoy. Of course, you don't have to visit a far-off destination to get moving outside. There are plenty of ways for your family to be active and take advantage of the outdoors in your own community.
Posted by Ali Kelley on June 8, 2012
Looking for ways to get your family moving? On June 10, Cartoon Network launched their national Move it Movement Tour, offering kids and families across the country an opportunity to try new activities and sports. Now in its third year, the Move it Movement Tour hosts expos in 17 locations where several national organizations introduce families to strategies for fighting childhood obesity through free, kid-focused physical activity and healthy eating.
The tour kicked off in Atlanta, GA and will wrap up in Houston, TX on August 12th. At each of the tour stops, kids and families will experience a range of sports and games – from basketball and soccer, to football and golf – that will help them get the 60 minutes of daily activity they need to stay healthy
Posted by Colleen Curtis on June 8, 2012
As part of the Let's Move! Anniversary Tour earlier this year, First Lady Michelle Obama joined a town hall meeting of health experts hosted by WebMD. The panelists were all parents, and it was a lively discussion focused mainly on the best way to incorporate healthy habits into your family's routine. Mrs Obama also took some questions from the audience, and our friends at WebMD turned one of her answers into an animated video -- take a look!
Posted by Marissa Duswalt on June 5, 2012
Today, the First Lady joined the Walt Disney Company to announce a big win for America’s families: Disney has become the first major media company to introduce new standards for food advertising and programming targeting kids and families. All of foods marketed on Disney’s television and radio channels will be required to meet Disney’s nutrition guidelines – which align with federal standards to promote fruit and vegetables and limit calories, sugar, sodium, and saturated fat – by 2015.
Posted by Derick Chapman on June 4, 2012
This past March, students from Kate Mitchell Elementary, Stetser Elementary, Sumner Elementary, and Girl Scout Troop 60325 joined First Lady Michelle Obama to plant the White House Garden's fourth season of produce. Just last week, students from Bancroft Elementary and Harriet Tubman Elementary joined Sam Kass, Assistant Chef and Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives, in the White House Garden to harvest some of that crop.
Posted by Jessica Larson on June 4, 2012
The members of UrbanPromise in Camden, New Jersey have been motivating their community to be active for years through their annual Pedal for Promise bike ride. Pedal for Promise raises money for the UrbanPromise Academy, a private high school that helps teens who are two or three grades below average reach their academic potential. Pedal for Promise also involves youth in a healthy, fun cycling activity.
Posted by Ali Kelley, Deputy Associate Director for Let’s Move Outside! on June 4, 2012
This summer, children in Reston, Virginia will enjoy new opportunities to get moving outside, thanks to six new kid-sized tennis courts in their community.
The Reston Tennis Association recently celebrated the opening of these courts, which were made possible through a $17,000 grant from the U.S. Tennis Association (UTSA). In 2011, the USTA joined First Lady Michelle Obama’s fight against childhood obesity by committing to build or restore 3,000 tennis courts in communities across the country. USTA continues to support these new facilities through its “10 & Under” tennis program, which offers equipment and programming resources for beginner athletes.