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Posted by Katie Koh, Intern for the Let’s Move! Initiative on August 17, 2011
On August 4, the farmers' market by the White House was bustling with individuals celebrating World Breastfeeding Week and National Farmers Market Week. The festival’s purpose was to recognize the value of farmers' markets and the role that nutritious fruits and vegetables play in promoting wellness. The event featured the dedication of a new USDA-funded Woman, Infants, and Children (WIC) mobile clinic. The District of Columbia uses the mobile clinic to travel to medically underserved areas and provide services to nearby residents. Mobile clinics are an important part of increasing access to services like nutrition assistance.
Posted by Dr. Howard Koh, HHS Assistant Secretary for Health on August 16, 2011
Late last month, I had the privilege of joining more than 2,300 fellow Health and Human Services (HHS) employees for a great night at the Washington Nationals’ baseball game and to promote a national movement to help our Nation get more active. And throwing out the first pitch was an added honor and joy!
Posted by Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition on August 11, 2011
Imagine swimming four fast laps of a pool, jumping out dripping wet, and riding a bike for 2.1 miles—all before putting on running shoes to cover over a one-mile stretch to the finish line. I get tired just thinking about one of those segments, let alone doing all three.
Posted by Lauren Darensbourg, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition on August 10, 2011
On Thursday, August 4, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition got active with more than 300 local teenagers at the 40thAnnual Tuskegee Airmen National Convention in Washington, D.C. Council staff – on behalf of Let’s Move! and Joining Forces – spoke to the teens about how being active every day will help them become “fit to fight” in the Armed Forces. We closed out each session with a “dance-off” and gave prizes for the most creative, high-energy routines.  Those kids really know how to move!
Posted by Marissa Duswalt, R.D., USDA Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships on August 4, 2011
Since First Lady Michelle Obama’s recent announcement of a private sector commitment to build or expand 1,500 food stores, Americans across the countryhave been inspired to increase their communities’ access to healthy, affordable food. Ample Harvest has risen to the First Lady’s challenge to faith and communityleaders to make fresh produce available for at least 10,000 locations in America through Let’s Move!, her initiative to reverse childhood obesity. Since it began partnering with Let’s Move Faith and Communities, Ample Harvest has brought fresh produce to more than 4,000 food pantries across the country. In July, 100new food pantries joined the movement.
Posted by Mahak Nayyar, Senior Public Health Advisor on August 2, 2011
Sharing, systems, and strategies! These three “S” words kicked off the first ever Regional Mid-Atlantic Let’s Move Summit in Baltimore, MD, hosted by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture.  With over 350 community leaders from a wide range of backgrounds, including community health workers, activists, nutritionists, educators, sports and exercise experts, and child care providers, participants were empowered to turn energy into action! Several hundred Let’s Move supporters gathered at the summit to build coalitions, share strategies and best practices to reduce childhood hunger and curb childhood obesity. Three tracks were offered, including Early Childhood, Healthy Schools, and Healthy Communities, allowing participants to choose the area that best aligned with their work and interests.
Posted by Dean Fluker, Department of Health and Human Services on August 1, 2011
The nearly 1,500 people who gathered in two city parks Wednesday for the 4th Annual All-City Play Day evening proved that this Iowa community knows how to play.
Posted by Joanne Grossi, HHS Regional Director for DE, PA, MD, WV, VA, DC on August 1, 2011
Last month “The Erie on the Move Taskforce,” Erie, Pennsylvania’s local chapter of the Let’s Move! Campaign, hosted a day of fun at the Holland Street Playground in inner city Erie. Entitled “Let’s Move at the Playground,” it offered an opportunity for over 100 neighborhood kids to get out and move while bringing neighbors and community members together to enjoy one of Erie’s public parks.
Posted by Marissa Duswalt, Truman-Albright Fellow, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships on July 29, 2011
Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA), a faith-based disaster relief and development organization, celebrated theinauguration of its Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, July 21, at An Nur School in Lanham, Maryland. The ceremony also marked the IRUSA’s support of Let’s Move Faith and Communities, First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative to engage faith-based and secular non-profit organizations in feeding kids over the summer when school is out.
Posted by Jennifer Seymour, CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity on July 26, 2011
A salad bar in every school. That’s a tall order when you are responsible for 53 schools and none of them have salad bars. But, inspired by Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools (LMSB2S), Cincinnati Public Schools Food Service Director, Jessica Shelly, took on the challenge and secured funding from six different organizations to purchase salad bars for all 53 Cincinnati Schools. Starting this fall, all 34,000 Cincinnati Public School students will have access to a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables every day at their school’s salad bar.