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Posted by Lindsay Matthews on May 8, 2012
This week – May 7th thru 9th – the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hosts “Weight of the Nation,” a forum acknowledging the progress of policy changes and the role of environmental strategies in obesity control and prevention. Focusing specifically on: early care and education, states, tribes and communities, medical care, schools and workplaces, this Washington-based conversation has sparked national attention. Startling statistics forecast that by 2030 42% of Americans will be obese. First Lady Michelle Obama, Let’s Move! and others work tirelessly to change those odds for America’s youth.
Posted by Lindsay Matthews on May 3, 2012
Last week, children of mommy bloggers from across the country packed their backpacks, put on their best, and headed to the White House with pen, paper, and questions in hand, ready for a roundtable with First Lady Michelle Obama marking the 20th anniversary of National Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day.
Posted by Megan Slack on May 3, 2012
Ed. Note: This is cross-posted from the White House blog. How do you get kids all around the country to get moving,  jumping, and doing the dougie in unison? Beyonce, natch. On May 3 last year—at 1: 42 p.m. to be exact—nearly 600 schools from coast to coast participated in a flash workout, dancing together to Beyonce’s “Move Your Body.” First Lady Michelle Obama even got in on the fun, joining students at Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, D.C. for their rendition of the “Move Your Body” dance. Check it out.
Posted by Julie Curti, USDA Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships on May 2, 2012
Ed. Note: This is cross-posted from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) blog. The public voting period for the Communities on the Move Video Challenge is in full swing! Browse our video gallery and vote for your favorites daily until Friday, May 11th. These videos showcase some of the innovative approaches community and faith-based groups are taking to encourage healthier lifestyles for kids.
Posted by Christina Martinez, Emerson National Hunger Fellow, USDA Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships on May 2, 2012
Ed. Note: This is cross-posted from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) blog. As part of their 2012 annual 4-H National Conference approximately 300 high school student leaders from across the United States, U.S. territories, and Canada gathered in the greater Washington, DC area. 4-H seeks to promote positive youth development, facilitate learning, and engage young people in the efforts of the USDA to produce “real results for real people.” The conference aims to empower and mobilize the 4-H students to create positive, meaningful change in their communities.
Posted by Drew Brees & Dominique Dawes, Co-Chairs of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition on May 1, 2012
Ed. Note: This was cross-posted from the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition blog. National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is the perfect time for children and families to get outside and play together! You don’t have to do back flips in the Olympics or throw a football 40 yards down the field to be active and break a sweat. Whether you ride your bike to work or school or chase after your dog in the park, physical activity can be fun and it helps you feel good too.
Posted by Ali Kelley, White House Council on Environmental Quality on April 27, 2012
With summer right around the corner, this is a perfect time to get moving! For most kids, the end of the school year means more free time for adventures, outdoor activities, and fun with friends. At the same time, we know that a few months of inactivity can lead to critical gaps in health and education that put kids at risk for childhood obesity and learning loss. For parents, keeping their kids healthy and active during the summer requires planning and preparation. 
Posted by Deborah Kane, National Director, U. S. Department of Agriculture on April 23, 2012
Last week USDA released a new farm to school grant program designed to help give children a sense of where their food comes from and increase the availability of local foods in schools. Joined by students at Southern High School in Harwood, MD, as well as school and elected officials, Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan made the announcement in an on-campus greenhouse. One of the first things she noticed when she walked into the greenhouse was the Abe Lincoln tomato seedlings. President Abraham Lincoln created the United States Department of Agriculture 150 years ago. At the time, there were farmers everywhere, but today that is no longer true. In fact, young children, increasingly removed from agriculture, are more likely to recognize corporate logos than carrot tops growing from the soil.