Posted by Capt. Meredith Reynolds, Ph.D., USPHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on March 22, 2012
Are you a parent or caregiver that packs a lunch for your child to take to preschool? When your daughter comes home, are her carrot sticks still in the bag? Does your son eat his whole sandwich and tell you he was too full to eat his applesauce?
Before you pack another lunch, take a minute to make sure you’re packing the right portion sizes of food. Healthy eating is not only about eating healthy food but also eating the right amount. Also, packing the right portion size of the main dish for preschoolers may be a strategy to help them eat more fruits and vegetables at lunch time.
To find out how portion sizes affect what kids eat for lunch at preschool, Jennifer Savage from Pennsylvania State University and a team of researchers served lunch one day each week for 6 weeks to 17 kids ages 3 to 6 years old attending a full-day childcare. Each of the lunches had the same foods: a macaroni and cheese entrée, milk, and 3 sides (green beans, a whole-wheat roll, and unsweetened applesauce). The only difference in the lunches each week was the portion size of the macaroni and cheese. The smallest portion served was less than half a cup, and the largest portion was more than a cup and a half.
Posted by Lindsay Matthews on March 22, 2012
Today, the White House honored twelve Americans who are who are living the goals of Let’s Move! everyday as Champions of Change. Each of the invitees is an example of what First Lady Michelle Obama called the founding purpose of Let’s Move! – community leaders, teachers and health professsionals who have found creative ways to keep our children active and healthy and get their communities moving!
During the event, the Champions each talked about the program they developed or introduced to their community and together they spoke about how small changes can yield tremendous wins in the lives of their students, area children and families.
Posted by Kathleen Merrigan, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture on March 21, 2012
Three years ago, I was asked to participate in the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity, out of which grew the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Initiative. In May 2010, we submitted a report to the President that made a series of recommendations for addressing the challenges of obesity and hunger, both of which stem from a lack of access to good, healthy food. The report identified local food systems as a strategy to combat food access problems, and specifically called upon the USDA Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative to provide technical and financial assistance to help communities grow and process their own food, and create jobs at the same time.
I’m pleased to report that we’ve made a lot of progress since 2009 – and we have two new tools to help communities learn about what we’ve done and tap into USDA resources to develop their own solutions. The new Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass is a document packed with photos, video and case studies of communities building strong local food systems. Farmers’ markets, mobile produce vendors, farm to school initiatives, and food hubs are just a few of many examples highlighted by the Compass. The Healthy Food Access section shows how communities are using USDA resources to promote health and the local economy.
Posted by Lisa Leslie on March 19, 2012
Ed note: Former WNBA player and four-time Olympic champion Lisa Leslie joined First Lady Michelle Obama and Samantha Cameron, wife of British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Washington, D.C., area children in a mini-Olympics competition to celebrate the 2012 London Summer Olympics and the “Let’s Move!” initiative. The First Lady will lead the Presidential Delegation to the Opening Ceremonies of the Games.
When I was contacted to participate in the First Lady’s Let's Move initiative, I was thrilled! It was just as much of an honor to have the opportunity to introduce Michelle Obama as it was to represent our country in the Olympics.
I also had the pleasure of meeting and introducing Samantha Cameron, the Prime Minister's wife of the United Kingdom. This summer, she will welcome people from all over the world to her country for the Summer Olympic Games.
Posted by Lindsay Matthews on March 12, 2012
First Lady Michelle Obama last week visited New Hampshire where she applauded that state's great work in making healthier kids a priority and recognized their success at tailoring the Let’s Move! goals to meet community-specific needs.
Mrs. Obama stressed that programs encouraging kids to stay active before and after school and to take part in growing their own fruits and vegetables in a community center garden are demonstrate exactly how Let's Move! can and should work on the ground:
Posted by Megan Slack on March 8, 2012
Ed. note: This was originally posted on the White House Blog.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared March 8, 2012 as "What's on My Plate?" day to help raise awareness about the importance of choosing healthy, nutritious foods to fill our plates.
Posted by Howard K. Koh, M.D., M.P.H, Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services on March 7, 2012
Posted by Heidi Christensen, Associate Director at the HHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships on March 7, 2012
One of the highlights of this year’s Annual Health Summit in Orlando, FL sponsored by the North American Division of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, was the Adventist InStep for Life Celebration and Awards event. This year’s program marked the extraordinary achievements of Adventist hospitals, health ministers and congregations who are leading the way in increasing opportunities for physical activity and access to healthy, affordable food in their communities.
Posted by Lindsay Matthews on March 5, 2012
On Friday, First Lady Michelle Obama was in Charlotte, North Carolina to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The CIAA is the oldest African-American athletic conference in the U.S. and the First Lady joined area school children for a Let's Move! event on the court before the annual CIAA Basketball Tournament.
Posted by Ali Kelley, Deputy Associate Director for Let’s Move Outside! on February 27, 2012
This January marked the fourth annual Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month (LSSM). The month-long effort aims to get children and adults of all experience levels on the slopes for an active start to the New Year. LSSM began in 2009 with a few select programs and has since grown to include more than 300 ski resorts in 33 states. Throughout the month of January, these resorts provided introductory ski and snowboard lessons to more than 80,000 children and adults across the country for free or at a reduced price.