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Posted on June 6, 2013
Ed Note: This is a cross post from the blog of cncs.gov. You can find the original post here.  The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) kicked off its national Let’s Read. Let’s Move. summer initiative by joining the Junior League of Washington (JLW) to give away the first of more than 15,000 books to DC Public School (DCPS) students on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS, was joined by JLW President Wendy Cumberland, National Football League player Visanthe Shiancoe, NFL Players Association representative Joe Briggs, Junior League volunteers, and AmeriCorps members from DC SCORES and City Year. During the fun-filled afternoon, second-grade classes at Garfield Elementary School in Washington, DC, learned about healthy play and exercise with volunteers, read together in groups, and choose four books to take home and read during the summer.
Posted on June 5, 2013
This week marks the second anniversary of USDA’s MyPlate, the food icon that reminds us to build a healthy plate with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins, and fat-free or low-fat dairy at every meal. MyPlate and its partners have been celebrating My Plate’s Birthday all week and today, First Lady Michelle Obama joined in the fun, pulling together some of her favorite MyPlate-inspired dishes to be featured on the My Plate Recipes Pinterest board. First Lady Michelle Obama choose dishes that are tasty, easy to make, and nutritious. Dishes include dinner entrees to salads to refreshing desserts. Check them out and tell us what you like best with the hashtag #MyPlateBirthday.
Posted by Kasie Coccaro on June 5, 2013
To become a champion, it is important to be active, stay fit, and eat healthy. Today we caught up with members of the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens who were at the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl win earlier this year and asked them to share their favorite off-season workouts, summertime healthy foods and why it's important to stay fit and be active. Check out what they had to say below:
Posted by A.J. Pearlman on June 5, 2013
This morning on the National Mall, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis, and Let’s Move! Executive Director Sam Kass joined executives and chefs of major concessioners to announce that visitors will have additional choices for purchasing healthy, nutritious food at national parks across the country. “Our national parks are renowned around the world for their breathtaking landscapes and important cultural and historical sites,” Secretary Jewell said. “Today, as part of the administration’s efforts to promote healthier choices, we are adding yet another reason to visit our national parks and increasing the number of healthy food options available to visitors at parks from coast to coast.” Through the Healthy Parks, Healthy People initiative, Director Jarvis issued healthy food standards and sustainable food guidelines that will increase the number of menu items available at more than 250 food and beverage operations in national parks.
Posted by Kasie Coccaro on June 2, 2013
Time flies when you are eating healthy! June 2nd marks the second anniversary of MyPlate, the food icon that reminds us to build a healthy plate with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins, and fat-free or low-fat dairy at every meal. MyPlate is one of the easiest ways to learn about healthy eating. It's a friendly image for parents and kids to look at and recognize how to pile up their own plate. As First Lady Michelle Obama says:
Posted by Nahal Hamidi, Department of the Interior on June 1, 2013
Now that summer is almost here, it is the perfect time to get outside and celebrate our country's magnificent landscapes, waterways and historical sites. In cities and towns across the country, public lands and waters provide unparalleled opportunities for affordable, family-friendly recreation.  From rugged trails to urban rivers, and from sandy coastlines to rolling battlefields, these places are meant to be explored and enjoyed by all! 
Posted by Chef Cristeta Comerford on May 29, 2013
On Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama joined school children from across the country to harvest the summer crop from the White House Kitchen Garden. For this harvest, the First Lady invited children from two New Jersey communities that were affected by Hurricane Sandy. The First Lady also invited back all the children who helped plant the garden in April so they could see the fruits of their labors.  After picking the vegetables from the garden, White House chefs prepared a salad with spring garden lettuce, snap peas, radishes, and White House honey vinaigrette dressing, and grilled vegetable flatbread. White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford shared the recipes for the salad and grilled vegetable flatbread with Let’s Move!:
Posted by Kasie Coccaro on May 28, 2013
Today, a group of student helpers joined First Lady Michelle Obama for the summer White House kitchen garden harvest. For this harvest, the First Lady invited children from two New Jersey communities that were affected by Hurricane Sandy and invited back all the children who helped plant the garden in April so they could see the fruits of their labors. First Lady Michelle Obama and the students got their hands dirty picking produce from the garden.
Posted on May 22, 2013
By partnering with local vendors to buy fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious ingredients, the Vermont Works for Women FRESH Food Program has served more than 68,000 kids in early care and education centers meals that not only meet, but exceed USDA nutritional standards. This is just one example of efforts taking place across the country to increase access to fruits and vegetables.  
Posted by Kelly Miterko on May 22, 2013
Today at the White House, we celebrated a group of educational publishers on their development of voluntary guidance to incorporate health information into textbooks and other learning materials. The First Lady applauded the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), the Association of American Publishers (AAP), the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP), and the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) for voluntarily coming together to support the health of our nation’s children by incorporating healthy food and physical activity into all subject areas.
Posted by Nahal Hamidi, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary Policy, Management and Budget Department of the Interior on May 17, 2013
This Saturday, May 18th, join thousands of families nationwide and take a trip to a nearby park or open space for National Kids to Parks Day! For the third year in a row, The National Park Trust is encouraging kids and their parents to explore their neighborhood parks and discover the history, nature, and adventure right around the corner or just across town.
Posted by Cristeta Comerford is the White House Executive Chef on May 17, 2013
Growing up in the Philippines, my mother was my main source of inspiration for cooking. I came from a family of eleven kids, and as a child, I would constantly volunteer to help her in the kitchen. My mother would prepare such amazing authentic Filipino food, and cooking for her was almost second nature. She didn’t think about it, she just knew what ingredients to use, how much of each to use, and how to combine their flavors in ways that would satisfy everyone in the family.
Posted on May 14, 2013
Ed. note: The full text of the op-ed by First Lady Michelle Obama is printed below. The piece is published today on Women's Health, and can be found here. To mark the start of National Women's Health Week, First Lady Michelle Obama encourages us all to start thinking about our health, and the health of our families.
Posted by Ali Kelley, National Park Service on May 10, 2013
If you enjoy the outdoors and appreciate awesome imagery, you are a natural fit for the “Share the Experience” photo contest.  The official federal recreation photo contest, “Share the Experience” invites people ages 13 and above to submit photos of the outdoors to be featured on the America the Beautiful Pass – an annual pass that covers entrance fees at over 2,000 federal recreation sites,
Posted by Kasie Coccaro on May 10, 2013
On Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama presented the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the Nation's highest honor given to museums and libraries. Three of the five winning museums have joined the First Lady in promoting healthier eating and an active lifestyle by becoming a Let's Move! Museum.