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Posted by James Arena-DeRosa, Regional Administrator for USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service on March 4, 2011
After a cold and snowy month of school closings, the sun shone on February 10, just in time to present eight elementary schools in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, with Bronze awards in the HealthierUS School Challenge.
Posted by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on March 3, 2011
In the President’s recent State of Union Address, he spoke candidly about winning the future. I can’t think of a better way to achieve that than by ensuring our Nation’s children are provided a healthy school environment to learn, grow and thrive.
Posted by Robin Schepper, Executive Director of Let’s Move! on March 1, 2011
Let’s Move! online is expanding! Recently, we created a twitter account that will allow followers to get updates about the First Lady’s initiative to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. Follow us at www.twitter.com/letsmove. Following us on twitter will let you get direct links to posts on this blog when they go up and resources for being active on these issues in your family and community.
Posted by Levi Horn, Professional Football Player for the Chicago Bears on March 1, 2011
Earlier this month, I had the great privilege of introducing the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) to over 40,000 students at Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools. With BIE Deputy Director Bart Stevens, I visited the National Indian Programs Training Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico to make this announcement through ELKNet – a satellite broadcast system that reaches all 183 BIE schools. Bart and I were joined by Sam McCracken from NikeN7 – Nike’s foundation to promote sports and physical activity among Native American and Aboriginal communities.
Posted by Robert Robertson, Playworks Program Coordinator, AmeriCorps member on February 28, 2011
There are a lot of people talking about how to get kids physically active. Too often the conversation is about how kids can get more exercise, which conjures up images of kids running laps or doing push-ups. The key to changing habits is to tap into what kids already love to do: They love to play.
Posted by Mike Lingenfelter, DC United Coach on February 25, 2011
During the 2010 season, United Soccer Club (USC) succeeded in getting urban Washington D.C. youth moving through soccer and living healthier lifestyles, while also making a connection to the environment. United Soccer Club is the signature program of United for D.C., the charitable arm of D.C United. The club was born out of a request from parents in the Ward 8 neighborhood of Washington D.C. They noted that while D.C. United’s soccer stadium was just minutes away, their children did not have access to learn or play the sport. Spawned from that request, United Soccer Club began teaching the game of soccer and important life skills to approximately 60 youth in 2007. Since that time the program has expanded to include over 700 youth throughout 12 sites around the city.
Posted by Jaime Torres, HHS Regional Director for New York and New Jersey & April Velasco, Acting Regional Health Administrator on February 25, 2011
We are delighted to report that a recent celebration of the first anniversary of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Initiative in New York City, was a tremendous success!
Posted by Melisa Di Tano, Food and Nutrition Service, Western Region Nutritionist, U.S. Department of Agriculture on February 24, 2011
When First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the School Nutrition Association last year to promote her recently launched Let’s Move! Initiative, she mentioned Anji Baumann by name. Why? Anji was the first Food Service Director in the nation whose school, Gooding Elementary School, had achieved the HealthierUS School Challenge Gold of Distinction Award.
Posted by Herb K. Schultz, HHS Region IX Director (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and the Pacific Islands) on February 19, 2011
California's capitol city of Sacramento was the backdrop on February 8th for an exceptional and lively morning celebration on the one-year anniversary of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let's Move! Initiative.
Posted by Alicia Bell-Sheeter, Agricultural Communications Specialist, USDA AMS Farmers Market Promotion Program on February 18, 2011
Fresh, nutritious food is a cornerstone of a community’s physical health, but community health is more than physical well-being. A vibrant, healthy community encompasses both the well-being of consumers through improved health, and the well-being of producers through improved economic outcomes. Making this connection, and providing healthy, affordable food supplies, are goals of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative.