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Posted by Holly Krake, Oconaluftee Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center, U.S. Forest Service on November 28, 2011
Pop music star Beyonce recently partnered with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to create the Let’s Move! Flash Workout. The Oconaluftee Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center in Cherokee, N.C. has embraced the Let’s Move! concept, and launched a Healthy Eating and Active Lifestyles program. Oconaluftee has gotten behind this national movement by producing a student fitness video using the music and choreography of the Let’s Move! Flash Workout. 
Posted by Dr. Judith Palfrey is the Executive Director of Let's Move on November 21, 2011
Dr. Judith Palfrey, joins students in the cafeteria at the Albert Argenziano School in Somerville, Massachusetts
Posted by Jennifer Seymour, CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity on November 18, 2011
In Minnesota, more and more schools are finding that salad bars are a popular way to offer kids a rainbow of healthy foods. “Kids love it. They get to choose what they want and how much. It doesn’t take much to get them onboard,” said Lisa Gemlo, Fruit and Vegetable Coordinator and Farm to School Planner for the Minnesota Department of Health. Lisa is working with the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative to help schools throughout Minnesota get salad bars and stock them with delicious produce items. From a health standpoint, this is wonderful. “We know that the majority of Minnesota school-aged children do not eat the daily recommended servings of fruit and vegetables. Salad bars provide an easy and proven way to get kids to eat more of these foods. In the end, this builds healthier students who are ready to learn,” said Gemlo.
"We sought a way for youth to have a place to meet and compete, and it’s turned into a total community thing,” says Riyaaz Jivraj, on the power of sports to excite passion and bring his jamaat, or community, together. What began as a sports activity to connect a community of Khoja immigrants, mostly young Muslim men from East Africa, has grown to become regional and national sports tournaments.
Posted by Jessica Fern, Fall Intern, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (The Partnership Center) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on November 15, 2011
As refugee families in the United States begin to assimilate into mainstream American culture, their eating habits similarly evolve, reflecting a departure from their traditional customs. The result of this shift can be alarming, as obesity rates and other negative health outcomes soar in these particularly vulnerable communities.
Recipe courtesy of the White House Kitchen The best part about this pizza recipe is you can use whatever vegetables you have around your kitchen — and each family member can customize their slice before you bake. Make an easy whole-wheat crust, and start mixing and matching cheese and vegetables from there. Serving Size 6 servings (1/2 pizza each) Preparation 20 minutes Bake: 20 minutes to 22 minutes
Recipe courtesy of Chris Comerford and the White House Kitchen No added sugar and hearty bread in place of flaky pastry crust make this dish a welcome dessert or a sweet breakfast. The White House uses raspberries and blueberries, but you can mix and match the berries you use to your liking. Serving Size Makes 6 servings Cook Time Prep:  20 minutes Bake: 18 minutes to 20 minutes Cool: At least 30 minutes
Recipe courtesy of Sam Kass and the White House Kitchen The turkey and cheese keep this dish low in fat while spinach provides a boost of vitamins, antioxidants, and flavor. Serving Size Makes 5-6 servings Cook Time Bake: 25 to 30 minutes Cool: 5 minutes Ingredients
Recipe courtesy of the White House Kitchen Part jam, part apple sauce, this smashed apples recipe is a no-sugar-added way to sweeten your favorite foods. It keeps for two weeks, so mix a large batch, and use it generously. Cook Time Prep: 20 minutes Cook: 1 hour 45 minutes Ingredients 4 lbs. of apples ½ cup water Directions
Posted by Patricia Dombroski, USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Mid-Atlantic Region Administrator on November 9, 2011
U.S. Representative Rush Holt (left) and USDA Food and Nutrition Service Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Pat Dombroski mingle with proud children showing off their school garden before tasting an eatable flower grown just a few feet away.