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.
Posted by Holly Krake, Oconaluftee Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center, U.S. Forest Service on November 28, 2011
Pop music star Beyonce recently partnered with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to create the Let’s Move! Flash Workout. The Oconaluftee Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center in Cherokee, N.C. has embraced the Let’s Move! concept, and launched a Healthy Eating and Active Lifestyles program. Oconaluftee has gotten behind this national movement by producing a student fitness video using the music and choreography of the Let’s Move! Flash Workout.
Posted by Dr. Judith Palfrey is the Executive Director of Let's Move on November 21, 2011
Dr. Judith Palfrey, joins students in the cafeteria at the Albert Argenziano School in Somerville, Massachusetts
Posted by Jennifer Seymour, CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity on November 18, 2011
In Minnesota, more and more schools are finding that salad bars are a popular way to offer kids a rainbow of healthy foods. “Kids love it. They get to choose what they want and how much. It doesn’t take much to get them onboard,” said Lisa Gemlo, Fruit and Vegetable Coordinator and Farm to School Planner for the Minnesota Department of Health. Lisa is working with the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative to help schools throughout Minnesota get salad bars and stock them with delicious produce items. From a health standpoint, this is wonderful. “We know that the majority of Minnesota school-aged children do not eat the daily recommended servings of fruit and vegetables. Salad bars provide an easy and proven way to get kids to eat more of these foods. In the end, this builds healthier students who are ready to learn,” said Gemlo.
"We sought a way for youth to have a place to meet and compete, and it’s turned into a total community thing,” says Riyaaz Jivraj, on the power of sports to excite passion and bring his jamaat, or community, together. What began as a sports activity to connect a community of Khoja immigrants, mostly young Muslim men from East Africa, has grown to become regional and national sports tournaments.
Posted by Jessica Fern, Fall Intern, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (The Partnership Center) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on November 15, 2011
As refugee families in the United States begin to assimilate into mainstream American culture, their eating habits similarly evolve, reflecting a departure from their traditional customs. The result of this shift can be alarming, as obesity rates and other negative health outcomes soar in these particularly vulnerable communities.