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Posted by Debbie Smoot, Director, Public Affairs Southeast Region, USDA, Food and Nutrition Service on April 7, 2011
Back in January, we posted a blog about the Chefs Move to Schools initiative, called Chef Helps Special Needs School Children Explore New Foods. The story highlighted the efforts of Morning Star School, Orlando, Fla., and created a windfall of support in the local community for the Morning Star Foodies. The Morning Star Foodies are the special needs students involved in the school’s Let’s Move! program.
Posted by Jaime Mulligan on April 7, 2011
Recently, First Lady Michelle Obama, along with school children from DC-area schools Bancroft Elementary and Harriet Tubman Elementary, planted the kitchen garden. Now in its third year, this planting season the garden included spinach, peas, lettuce, broccoli, blueberries, raspberries and other vegetables and herbs.
Posted by Judy Baker, HHS Regional Director for Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri on March 29, 2011
With a new mobile playground and a season pass to pools and other outdoor activities, Davenport, Iowa, has jumped feet first into the Let’s Move! program.
Posted by Chris Kelly, Mid-Atlantic Region Public Affairs Specialist on March 25, 2011
About a year ago Beverly Jackey, the community nutritionist for the Food Bank of Delaware, came up with a unique way of teaching kids to eat healthy. Jackey believed that children are more willing to try nutritious new foods when they are involved in preparing them. So Jackey and the Food Bank created a program called KID CHEF, which stands for Cooking Healthy Easy Food.
Posted by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and GSA Administrator Martha Johnson on March 24, 2011
During this administration, there has been a special emphasis put on physical fitness and healthy eating. In fact, last month the First Lady celebrated the first anniversary of Let’s Move! Other administration initiatives like the Presidents Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition have motivated parents and children alike to “get moving,” and make healthier choices. We believe it’s important that the federal government set an example for the initiatives we are encouraging others to follow. To that end, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been actively supporting programs across the Department to help Americans get healthy, stay well and thrive.
Posted by Marge Petty, HHS Regional Director for Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma on March 23, 2011
After two weeks of snow and ice in North Texas, sixth graders at Beth Anderson Elementary welcomed the celebration of the first anniversary of Let’s Move!
Posted by Jaime Mulligan, White House New Media Analyst for Public Health on March 23, 2011
On Monday, April 25, the First Family will welcome children from around the D.C. area to the White House for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Starting today, elementary and middle school students from D.C, Maryland, and Virginia are invited to submit their poster design for the White House Easter Egg Roll Poster Contest. The winning poster will be selected by the First Lady and will serve as the official poster for the Easter Egg Roll.
Posted by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on March 22, 2011
In February of last year, I spoke at the National Press Club and outlined a vision and path for improving the health and well-being of kids across the nation by enhancing our nutrition assistance programs. I made a commitment that the Department of Agriculture (USDA) would continue to help bridge the nutrition gap when school is out because our efforts to combat hunger and improve nutrition cannot end when the school bell rings on the last day of the school week or year.
Posted by Arn Menconi, Founder and Executive Director, SOS Outreach on March 21, 2011
Last weekend, almost 450 kids around the country hit the slopes for a weekend of snowboarding and skiing with youth outdoor nonprofit SOS Outreach in Colorado, California, Washington, New Mexico and Arizona.
Posted by Kyle Lierman, White House Sports Liaison on March 18, 2011
Last week, the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks stopped by the White House. As part of their visit, they helped run a street hockey workout with some local kids. First Lady Michelle Obama, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, and USA Hockey Executive Director Dave Ogrean also participated. The clinic is part of new collaboration between Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, the NHL and USA Hockey to encourage American children to lead active and healthy lives. Watch the video here: