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Posted by Elyse Cohen, Deputy Director, Let’s Move! on December 17, 2013
Join Let’s Move! Executive Director Sam Kass, the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) and New York Mets player Curtis Granderson for a Twitter chat tomorrow, Wednesday, December 18 at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Posted by Katie Rush, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development on December 13, 2013
In the U.S., youth ages 8 to 18 use media, on average, more than 7 ½ hours a day – more time than they spend on just about anything else except sleeping.
Posted by Alberto M. Carvalho, Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools on December 12, 2013
Ed. Note: This blog was originally posted on the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition's website: www.fitness.gov. To view the full post, click here. The 350,000 students of Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) deserve the opportunity to be physically active where they live, learn and play. We know that having early, positive experiences with physical activity sets students on the course for life. Daily physical activity not only helps children stay healthy, it can also enhance important skills like concentration and problem-solving, which can improve academic performance and promote success in the classroom—and in life.
Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director, Let's Move! on December 11, 2013
While the temperatures are dropping and the cooler winter weather is here, there are still plenty of ways for you and your family to stay active and healthy this winter! Up for some outdoor activity? Get Moving to Stay Warm: Get your blood pumping during a game of neighborhood tag to stay warm on a chilly afternoon. Or, if you have a bigger group, organize a game of soccer or flag football for an action-packed hour of physical activity.
Posted by Yvette Roubideaux, Acting Director, Indian Health Service on December 4, 2013
The Indian Health Service’s Zuni Comprehensive Community Health Center has become the first hospital in New Mexico to become Baby-Friendly certified. This means that nearly half of all IHS hospitals that currently perform deliveries have become “Baby-Friendly.”  Nationally, fewer than 6% of all U.S. hospitals are Baby-Friendly designated, and the only Baby-Friendly hospitals in Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, North Dakota, and South Dakota are all IHS hospitals.
Posted by Melinda Kelley, Ph.D, Policy Analyst, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute on December 2, 2013
Community partners in Adams County, Idaho offer a picture-perfect illustration of how local groups can collaborate and adapt a national program to help parents and children learn to make healthy choices. The Adams County Health Center (a Federally-Qualified Health Center) is working with several other area partners to engage families in the National Institutes of Health’s We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition)® program.
Posted by Pamela Bryant, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on November 26, 2013
Earlier this year, the First Lady joined the Partnership for a Healthier America to launch a new effort to encourage people to drink more water.  Drink Up is a nationwide effort to inspire Americans to drink more water. And the City of Columbus is taking the First Lady’s message to heart.
Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director, Let's Move! on November 25, 2013
With winter just around the corner, spend time with your kids in the kitchen trying out these recipes inspired by MyPlate to keep your family healthy and happy this season. MyPlate recipes use delicious foods to create healthy meals, encourage people to eat the right portion sizes, and limit the amount of added sugar and saturated fats.
Posted by Liz Themelis, GSA’s Director of Child Care Division on November 22, 2013
Ed. Note: This blog was originally posted on the General Services Administration's (GSA) website: www.gsa.gov. To view the full post, click here. Congratulations to GSA Child Care Centers for meeting the goals of the Let’s Move! Child Care Challenge. Part of the work we do at GSA is helping to build a stronger community. One way we have done that is through our network of 106 child care centers that recently partnered with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Child Care initiative to work on making every day changes toward a healthy lifestyle for our kids.
Posted by Deborah Kane, National Director, USDA Farm to School Program on November 20, 2013
Ed. Note: This blog was originally posted on www.usda.gov. To view the full post, click here. I just spent the morning calling people who had applied to receive a USDA Farm to School grant. They were fun calls to make as I was letting this year’s awardees know their project had been selected for funding.
Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director, Let’s Move! on November 19, 2013
Yesterday, Executive Director of Let’s Move! Sam Kass was a featured speaker during the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Scientific Sessions 2013 in Dallas, Texas. Kass spoke during a plenary session entitled “Solving the Obesity/Type 2 Diabetes Epidemic: The Role of Physical Activity/Exercise.” The plenary session was part of the “Global Congress on Physical Activity,” one of twenty six tracks the AHA offered to attendees during the five-day conference. 
Posted by Elyse Cohen, Deputy Director, Let’s Move! on November 18, 2013
As Let’s Move! approaches its fourth year, First Lady Michelle Obama discussed how the initiative is changing the way kids eat and stay active in the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) November edition of their publication, The Nation’s Health. The publication was disseminated at the National APHA Conference in early November and has more than 24,000 print readers (public health professionals, Members of Congress, subscribers, and the media); 50,000 online readers; 13,000 visits per month to the website; approximately 250,000 Twitter followers. 
Posted by Tracy Wiedt, Program Manager, Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties at the National League of Cities on November 15, 2013
Everyone has a role to play in preventing childhood obesity, including local elected officials who serve as leaders in adopting policies or making environmental changes so children in their communities reach their full potential and live healthy lives.
Posted by AJ Pearlman, Associate Director for Policy, Let’s Move! on November 14, 2013
Tuesday afternoon, leaders from the Indian Health Service (IHS) and the Notah Begay III Foundation (NB3F) met at the White House to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize a partnership in support of Let’s Move! in Indian Country. The two organizations will jointly work to curb and prevent childhood obesity in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
Posted by Tatiana Tucker, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care on November 13, 2013
As a family child care owner for over 25 years in Philadelphia, PA, Anna Mae Guille provides care for up to 6 kids at any given time.  She has been a long-time provider of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and participates in the Let’s Move! Child Care (LMCC) initiative. Anna Mae has had success with both programs. She offers the following tips to help combat childhood obesity for kids in your care: