Posted by Julie Curti, Assistant to the Director, USDA Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships on September 12, 2011
When the word community is in your middle name, it’s only natural to start gardens producing healthy, nutritious foods. The Jewish Community Centers (JCC) Association has taken on the First Lady’s Let’s Move Faith and Communities challenge of growing community gardens. They have started JCC Grows, a healthy food and hunger-relief initiative involving the creation and/or expansion of community gardens at JCCs and JCC camps. Most of the produce grown is donated to emergency food providers to help those in need. JCC Grows also promotes fresh food collection drives and connects JCCs to Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs and farmers markets.
Posted by Massie Ritsch, Office of Communications & Outreach, Department of Education on September 7, 2011
Cross-posted from Ed.gov Blog
One of the country’s leading pediatricians, Judith S. Palfrey, M.D., has been named Executive Director of the Let’s Move! childhood obesity initiative. For decades, Dr. Palfrey has provided clinical care to thousands of children and families, conducted groundbreaking pediatric research, taught future physicians and led major medical organizations.
Watch White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford show Amy Boshnack from CafeMom's The Stir how to make healthy, affordable school lunches following the My Plate nutritional guidelines.
Posted by Kevin Discepolo, Secretary’s Fellow for Youth in the Great Outdoors at the Department of the Interior on August 29, 2011
Building off of the commitments made at the July White House South Lawn Series lacrosse event, I was excited to hear about the success of the Minnesota Swarm’s 2ndannual Lax-4-Life camp. The National Lacrosse League’s team from the Land of 10,000 Lakes saw their enrollment double for this year’s camp, with nearly fifty 13-15 year old Native America youth attending. Seven different Tribal communities were present, including: Fond du Lac, Prairie Island, Oneida Nation, Little Earth, Lac Courte Orelles, Grand Portage, and Mille Lacs.
Posted by Dr. Stephen McDonough, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition on August 25, 2011
Some of my best memories are of time spent over the years exploring the wilderness with my son, Nate, a Boy Scout since the age of 7. With Nate off to college now, it is exciting for me to continue my role with the Boy Scouts as a volunteer and Scout leader. Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to join the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in San Antonio, Texas at its annual Top Hands Conference of Scouting professionals.
Posted by Bruce Jacobson, Superintendent, Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area on August 22, 2011
Under sunny skies, nearly 400 youth and their parents gathered for the first Spectacle Island 5K Race and Kids Fun Run, as a part of Boston Harbor Islands national park area's Let's Move! Outside Junior Ranger Program. Each turn of the course offered views of surrounding islands, harbor coastline, with the city skyline in the distance. The winner finished the race in just over 17 minutes running "barefoot," while others walked the race in just under an hour.
Posted by Ari Schoenholtz on August 18, 2011
The YMCA of Austin, Texas, is coming up with innovative and creative ways to make combating childhood obesity a local priority. The YMCA partnered with the Mayor’s Fitness Council to kick off Let’s Move Austin in January, and has since become an inspirational model of leadership and cooperation with the Let's Move Faith and Communities initiative!
Posted by Katie Koh, Intern for the Let’s Move! Initiative on August 17, 2011
On August 4, the farmers' market by the White House was bustling with individuals celebrating World Breastfeeding Week and National Farmers Market Week. The festival’s purpose was to recognize the value of farmers' markets and the role that nutritious fruits and vegetables play in promoting wellness.
The event featured the dedication of a new USDA-funded Woman, Infants, and Children (WIC) mobile clinic. The District of Columbia uses the mobile clinic to travel to medically underserved areas and provide services to nearby residents. Mobile clinics are an important part of increasing access to services like nutrition assistance.
Posted by Dr. Howard Koh, HHS Assistant Secretary for Health on August 16, 2011
Late last month, I had the privilege of joining more than 2,300 fellow Health and Human Services (HHS) employees for a great night at the Washington Nationals’ baseball game and to promote a national movement to help our Nation get more active. And throwing out the first pitch was an added honor and joy!