Posted by Dr. Regina Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General on April 13, 2010
Last week, I participated in a meeting on childhood obesity at the White House to discuss ways to combat the growing health epidemic. I joined the First Lady, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes, Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan and experts and practitioners from around the country to discuss the challenges.
Posted by Julia Eisman, HHS New Media Communications Director on April 9, 2010
Watch the White House Childhood Obesity meeting here live at 1:30 pm EDT, where you'll hear from a range of experts about ideas for solving the problem of childhood obesity.
As you know, on February 9th the President created a new interagency Childhood Obesity Task Force. The task force is working right now on an action plan for solving the problem of childhood obesity in a generation. (You can see the full Presidential Memorandum creating the Task Force and requesting the action plan within 90 days here.)
Posted by Kori Schulman, The White House on April 8, 2010
Student reporters and young people from schools across the country joined First Lady Michelle Obama in the State Dining Room of the White House for a Let's Move! Town Hall hosted by C-SPAN's Susan Swain. Let's Move! is an initiative started by the First Lady to help raise a healthier generation of kids and solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation.
Posted by Jessica Santillo, Communications Director for Strategy and Policy, Department of Health and Human Services on April 7, 2010
Secretary Sebelius got moving with students at Wellington Elementary in Louisville, Kentucky last Friday, April 2, to see the school's health and fitness accelerated learning program in action.
Posted by Amber Herman, U.S. Department of Agriculture on April 5, 2010
During the school year, the National School Lunch Program serves more than 30.9 million students. What happens when school lets out?
Posted by Sam Kass, Assistant White House Chef, Food Initiative Coordinator on April 2, 2010
On a gorgeous Spring day on the South Lawn of the White House, 45 students from Bancroft Elementary and Hollin Meadows Academy joined the First Lady for the annual Spring planting of the White House Kitchen Garden.
Posted by Dr. Judith S. Palfrey, FAAP, Prsident, American Academy of Pediatrics on March 30, 2010
As a pediatrician, my number one goal is to keep children healthy. Yet, over the 30 years I've been in practice, there has been a distressing increase in the number of children and adolescents who are overweight and obese. Today, most physicians are dealing with overweight and obesity in about 30 percent of the children we treat. These staggering numbers have alarmed the pediatric community, and they should spur us as a nation into action.
Posted by Melody Barnes, Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy on March 25, 2010
Since last Tuesday, we’ve received over 800 comments giving us feedback on how the Childhood Obesity Task Force should write its action plan to end the problem of childhood obesity in this country in a generation. Keep them coming! The deadline for submitting comments is this Friday, March 26.
Posted by Todd May, Deputy Director of Special Events for the Department of Education on March 24, 2010
"Who wants to go to the Easter Egg Roll at the White House?" drew scores of raised hands, cheers and applause from 2nd grade students who joined Education Secretary Arne Duncan, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee and State Superintendent of Education Kerri Briggs at J.O. Wilson Elementary School in D.C. earlier today.