Posted by Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California on December 13, 2011
An all-star lineup was on hand to kick off an initiative to encourage California kids to make healthier choices, from left: former San Francisco Giants pitcher Bill Laskey, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, San Jose Earthquakes Community Ambassador Kelly Gray, Cy Young award-winning pitcher Vida Blue, and former ‘49ers lineman Bill “Bubba” Paris.
Recipe courtesy of USDA's Choose My Plate
Use this recipe as a motivaitonal tool to help put a healthy and affordable eating pattern into pratice, and to identify creative new ideas for healthy meals.
1 whole wheat pita bread (2 oz)
3 ounces roasted turkey, sliced
2 slices tomato
¼ cup shredded lettuce
1 tsp mustard
1 Tbsp mayonnaise
1. Slice open pita.
First Lady Michelle Obama is announcing some really exciting news today, and she wanted you to be the very first to know about it. Check out the video here.
Posted by Ali Kelley, Deputy Associate Director for Let's Move Outside! on December 8, 2011
This year, more than 26,000 young people and their families experienced the joys of outdoor activity as part of The North Face’s Explore Your Parks (EYP) program. Founded in 2010, the EYP program provides opportunities for active adventures and outdoor education in state parks by hosting free events, creating and distributing regional activity guides, and giving away free day passes that can be used at more than 6,000 parks across the country.
Posted by Anton J. Gunn, HHS Regional Director, Region IV-Southeast on December 8, 2011
Copyright Metropolitan Government of Nashville/Gary Layda.
5,000 people. 360 teams. Five kilometers. One goal.
As a part of the Let's Move! Cities, Towns, and Counties initiative, Nashville’s Mayor Karl Dean decided to take an active role in helping make his city healthier. He pledged to engage Tennesseans in healthier lifestyles by creating healthy and active communities in Nashville. This past spring he launched the Walk 100 Miles with the Mayor challenge. Between April and July 2011, more than 4,000 Nashville residents walked more than 105,000 miles around Nashville’s parks and greenways with Mayor Dean. More than 500 of the participants met or exceed the 100-mile goal!
Posted by Ali Kelley, Deputy Associate Director, Let’s Move Outside on December 6, 2011
Imagine taking a challenging three-hour hike, snowshoeing through the forest, or biking ten miles through woods and wetlands on a rail trail; most people would love to spend a weekend doing just one of these activities. The students at the grades 7 & 8 Worcester East Middle School in Worcester, Massachusetts have been going on these trips and more all throughout the school year!
Posted by Larry Soler, CEO of the Partnership for a Healthier America on December 2, 2011
First Lady Michelle Obama meets with members of the board of Partnership for a Healthier America, an organization working to end childhood obesity, at the Omni Hotel in Washington, D.C., Nov. 30, 2011. Mrs. Obama later delivered the keynote address at the PHA’s inaugural Building a Healthier Future Summit. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and its honorary chairwoman First Lady Michelle Obama to solve the nation’s obesity crisis, hosted its first national summit this week on November 29 and 30, 2011. Roughly 800 business leaders, community leaders, academic experts, government officials, parents and others joined together at the Omni Shoreham Hotel for the Building a Healthier Future Summit to share their experiences, form partnerships and announce substantive commitments to aid the fight against childhood obesity.
The two honorary vice chairs of PHA, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Mayor Cory Booker, laid out the challenges the nation faces as a result of the impact of childhood obesity on the economic, the health care system and our military readiness. But the conference was not about reciting the problems. It was about taking action. Senator Frist told of the enormous changes that are taking place in the market place with companies that are selling good-for-you foods showing higher profits and enhanced competitiveness, which you can read more about in a Politico piece penned by Senator Frist and Mayor Booker. Mayor Booker described how his city of Newark and Let’s Move! Cities and Towns all over the country are finding ways to encourage healthy eating and sponsor physical activity.
Posted by Jade Smith, Project Assistant, USDA Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships on November 30, 2011
Children in Salt Lake City, Utah are learning more about where their food comes from thanks to the innovative work of the Community Food Co-op of Utah, a Let’s Move supporter. According to their marketing manager, Leslie Proctor, this non-profit organization uses creativity to make learning about nutrition both exciting and rewarding. One activity Leslie incorporates into their nutrition education program is a question and answer game, in which children learn fun facts about healthy food. When a child answers a question correctly, they are rewarded with fresh produce, creating a positive connection between reward and health. Rather than the more frequent association of a sugary snack such as candy serving as an award for success, at this food store veggies are the desired prize. So ignore the sweets and pass the zucchini!
Posted by Kathryn Sosbe, Office of Communication, U.S. Forest Service on November 30, 2011
Students from the Paul Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., take to the streets pretending to use binoculars in search of their urban forest with a member of the Missoula (Montana) Chlidren's Theatre. The Missoula Children's Theatre works with the U.S. Forest Service to develop interactive, engaging performing arts school assemblies and workshops.
Posted by Max Finberg, Director, Faith Based and Community Initiatives on November 29, 2011
The mobile market delivering fresh produce residents of Spartanburg County, South Carolina
Three community supporters of Let’s Move are moving towards healthier lives. Inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Faith and Communities initiative, these communities are leading the way in creative solutions to health issues through mobile grocery markets, convenient bicycle accommodations, and safe routes to school. These innovative ideas are brought to life through the funding and partnership of organizing group Active Living by Design.