Posted by Heidi Christensen, Associate Director for Community Engagement at the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (The Partnership Center) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on October 26, 2011
Sometimes it takes only a single person to mobilize a community to get moving. Inspired by the First Lady’s Let’s Move Faith & Communities initiative, Candy Taylor of the New Christian Food Pantry and Child Development Center rallied members of the low-income community she serves to form a walking group.
Posted by Heidi Christensen, Associate Director for Community Engagement at the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (The Partnership Center) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on October 24, 2011
Sometimes all it takes is a 14-year old girl with a big vision to get people across the country up and moving! Eboni Imani Joy Rowe, a member of the United Church of Christ (UCC), inspired parishioners young and old to move together during a UCC youth-sponsored spontaneous flash mob dance at their General Synod in Tampa, Florida. At the request of Barbara Baylor, UCC’s Minister for Health Care Justice and leader of UCC’s Let’s Move programs, Eboni and her mom orchestrated a large dance event that got everyone off their feet.
Posted by Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, Member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition on October 24, 2011
Like all members of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, I care a lot about my health. I do my best to eat right and continually set goals for myself. Sometimes it’s as simple as taking a walk after dinner. Other times, it’s climbing a mountain, like my journey this summer to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. I spent seven days walking up the mountain in Tanzania – all at a steep grade while carrying a backpack. It was the most physically challenging thing I have ever done...and I loved it.
Posted by Nikki Sutton on October 21, 2011
Earlier this week, First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed schools that met the First Lady’s goal to double the number of participants in the HealthierUS School Challenge in a year to the White House to celebrate their achievement.
Posted by Kevin Concannon, USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services on October 18, 2011
Watch First Lady Michelle Obama's full remarks here.
Ed. Note: Cross-posted from the USDA blog.
Given that many children eat as many as two meals a day at school, it’s pretty clear that schools have a vital role to play if we’re going to combat the disturbing rise in childhood obesity we’ve seen in recent years. Just as clear is that schools participating in USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge honored at the White House this week demonstrate the kind of deep commitment needed to create and maintain a healthy school environment. These schools are leaders that set an example for schools across the country.
Posted by Nikki Sutton on October 17, 2011
First Lady Michelle Obama recently sat down to record video responses to questions from you. Last week, we posted responses on how you can get involved with Let's Move! and what inspired the First Lady to start the initiative to combat childhood obesity. Check out a couple more here:
Posted by Nikki Sutton on October 15, 2011
Recently we took your questions about Let's Move!, the First Lady's initiative to end childhood obesity and posed them directly to First Lady Michelle Obama. View her responses here.
Posted by Dr. Judy Palfrey, Executive Director of Let's Move on October 14, 2011
On October 11 at precisely 3 pm, First Lady Michelle Obama kicked off the National Geographic Kids challenge to break the world record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24 hour period. Accompanied by local school children, the First Lady took to the South Lawn and led the children in an exercise that does everything the experts say we need to do to keep our kids healthy and fit. And best of all - the kids didn't need equipment, just enthusiasm!
Posted by Tom Vilsack, US Secretary of Agriculture on October 14, 2011
Ed. Note: Cross-posted from the USDA blog
We know that a healthy nation starts with healthy people. A good diet helps kids stay active and focused at school. And staying healthy can increase your productivity on the job.
But sometimes families who want to make healthier eating choices are confused by conflicting messages, or don’t have time to do the research.
Posted by Nikki Sutton on October 12, 2011
First Lady Michelle Obama leads a group of 400 local children on the South Lawn of the White House to help break the Guinness World Records title for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period, Oct. 11, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)