Posted by Lindsay Matthews on April 10, 2012
Tonight, First Lady Michelle Obama issued a challenge to contestants on the Biggest Loser – and they need your help.
Throughout the season, contestants have worked hard to make lifestyle changes to improve their health and enhance their lives. Continuing these changes beyond the show and inspiring others to embark on the same live-saving journey is the next challenge for the remaining six contestants.
Posted by Joanna Zhang on April 10, 2012
The theme of the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll was "Let's Go, Let's Play, Let's Move!" and with activities that included leaping through an obstacle course, stretching to downward dog, jumping for three-pointers and serving on the tennis courts, there was not much standing around on the agenda. By 7 pm on Monday, more than 30,000 people had visited the South Lawn for the 134th annual event -- and more than 14,500 hard-boiled eggs had been rolled.
Posted by Arthur Neal, Deputy Administrator, AMS Transportation and Marketing Program on April 9, 2012
Ed note: this has been cross-posted from the USDA's blog
Every day, thousands of local farmers and ranchers work hard to ensure that their communities have access to a diverse range of fresh, healthy affordable foods. While nutritious food is a cornerstone of society’s physical health, a vibrant community also includes sustainable economic opportunities. By funding projects that support these goals, USDA’s Farmers Market Promotion Program continues to make a difference for farmers at the local level.
Posted by Jessica Fern, Intern at the HHS Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships on April 6, 2012
As Hindus worldwide celebrated Makar Sankranti, marking the change of seasons, one organization, inspired by the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, took the opportunity to usher in a brighter season of health and wellness. Hindu Swayamesvak Sangh USA, HSS, a voluntary, non-profit, social and cultural organization that aims to preserve, practice and promote ideals and values of the Hindu community, expanded on the traditional celebrations of the ritual to promote healthier lifestyles and physical fitness by teaching participants about yoga!
HSS launched their 6th annual Health for Humanity Yogathon from January 14-29. The initiative encouraged over 10,000 people from across the country to unite under the goal of reaching more than one million repetitions of the sun salutation yoga routine. With participation expanding across 37 states and 204 cities, HSS surpassed their goal, with a total of 1,003,000 repetitions in just 16 days!
Posted by Capt. Meredith Reynolds, Ph.D., USPHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on April 5, 2012
Does your preschooler want to eat chicken nuggets every day? Does your toddler refuse to eat carrots? If your child doesn’t want to eat the healthy meals and snacks you fix, there are strategies that can help. The Let’s Move! Child Care (LMCC) website offers tips to help young children learn to enjoy healthy meals and snacks. Here are some examples from the LMCC website:
Tomorrow at 5 pm EDT is the deadline for submitting your videos to the Communities on the Move Video Challenge!
Posted by Vishwarupa Vasani, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on April 5, 2012
Imagine it is lunchtime and kids are running on empty. They rush into the lunch line, but instead of reaching for chicken nuggets and pizza, students are decorating their trays with brightly colored vegetables and fruits like red cherry tomatoes, green broccoli, black beans, and oranges. This isn’t just a dream, it is actually happening in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).
High school students from LAUSD’s Los Angeles High School of the Arts teach elementary and middle school kids how to correctly and safely use a salad bar through a skit called Salad Bar Manners.
LAUSD, the second largest school district in the United States, serves as a great example for how to integrate healthy eating habits into everyday school routines. With the help of Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools (LMSB2S), the salad bar program at LAUSD shows what can happen when students and parents take initiative to support healthy eating in school cafeterias. Are you inspired by LAUSD? Take a look at how you can help make this a reality within schools in your community.
Ed. note: This was cross-posted from the White House blog.
The White House held a poster competition and invited elementary and middle school students nationwide to submit poster designs for the 2012 Easter Egg Roll. Students from over 20 states submitted entries. First Lady Michelle Obama selected winning designs for the 2012 Official Easter Egg Roll program cover and 2012 Official Easter Egg Roll poster. Posters will be handed out as a prize to children who win the Easter Egg Roll or Egg Hunt.
Posted by Kirsten Hancock, USDA Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships on March 29, 2012
How do you teach a child using a holistic approach to good nutrition and exercise? One Jewish Community Center in Akron, Ohio, piloted the Coordinated Approach to Children’s Health or CATCH, early childhood wellness program, to do just that. The CATCH program teaches school-age children about healthy eating and exercise, and does it in a way that is fun.
Posted by Lindsay Matthews on March 29, 2012
In February we celebrated the second anniversary of Let’s Move!, and First Lady Michelle Obama took to the road, touring the country and highlighting the achievements of Let’s Move! programs in communities just like yours.
To date, the initiative has touched families, schools and organizations across the country and inspired local changes to improve the health, life and happiness of children and youth. We put together a collection of some of our favorite moments from the trip: