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Posted by Tatiana Tucker, Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families on October 25, 2013
Through the Let’s Move!  Child Care initiative, providers are encouraged to limit the amount of time children spend watching television, videos, and DVDs and playing video games or using a computer.  Child care providers play a key role in children’s lives, and they know that more time spent in front of a screen is less time engaging in active play.  In fact, too much screen time has been linked to childhood obesity.   That’s why the Washington State Active Bodies, Active Minds (WAABAM) program is dedicated to provided online resources and materials to help child care providers learn more about encouraging physical activity and limiting screen time.
Posted by Posted by AJ Pearlman, Associate Director for Policy, Let’s Move! on October 24, 2013
We know that active kids do better – in school and in life.  Children across the nation are getting active at school thanks to First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Active Schools initiative. Since its launch in February, more than 5,000 schools have joined Let’s Move! Active Schools, and the effort continues to expand.
Posted by Maggie Gosselin, USDA Farm to School Program on October 22, 2013
Ed. Note: This blog was originally posted on www.usda.gov. To view the full post, click here. Cheney Public Schools (CPS) is a 7-school district in rural eastern Washington State. Of the 4,135 students who attend CPS, more than 2,000 are eligible for free and reduced price school lunch, and more than 30 percent are obese. Several years ago, realizing the need to improve child nutrition, the district began to take some modest steps to that end, including initiating a scratch cooking program and participating in a regional childhood obesity prevention initiative.
Posted by Deborah Kane, National Director, USDA Farm to School Program on October 22, 2013
Ed. Note: This blog was originally posted on www.usda.gov. To view the full post, click here. When students have experiences such as tending a school garden or visiting a farm they’ll be more likely to make healthy choices in the cafeteria. And when schools invest their food dollars in their local communities, all of agriculture benefits, including local farmers, ranchers, fishermen, food processors and manufacturers. Good news: these healthy habits are taking root all across the country.
Posted by Wendy Moraskie-Henry, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service on October 21, 2013
Even though Jennifer Nerison-Montague, the School Food Service Director in Kalispell, Montana, doesn’t mention her Master’s degree in nutrition, you can tell she’s well-versed in the subject by the way she talks about the relationship between the school cafeteria and the curriculum.
Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director, Let’s Move! on October 18, 2013
Today, Executive Director of Let’s Move!, Sam Kass, and CEO of Bolthouse Farms, Jeff Dunn, addressed an audience about the importance of strong marketing in promoting healthier foods and lifestyles as part of a three-day convention and expo hosted by the Produce Marketing Association (PMA). PMA’s Fresh Summit is hosting almost 20,000 leaders from across the produce industry. PMA is a global, non-profit trade association that represents companies marketing fresh fruits, vegetables, and related products. 
Posted by Diane Harris, PhD, MPH, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on September 30, 2013
The Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools program has delivered nearly 2,700 salad bars to schools across the nation since its launch in 2010.  School districts are embracing salad bars as an important tool to showcase locally grown, farm-fresh produce as part of Farm to School programs.  The popularity of Farm to School programs has increased tremendously over the last few years.
Posted by Katie McMahon, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on September 27, 2013
Besides being recently named one of “America’s Most Livable Cities,” Columbia, South Carolina has something else to celebrate – the city is doing great work as part of Let’s Move! Cities, Towns, and Counties!
Posted by Elyse Cohen, Deputy Director, Let's Move! on September 26, 2013
On the heels of the First Lady’s call to action to companies to market healthier options to families, today, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, the Clinton Global Initiative and McDonald’s announced a commitment McDonald’s has made to increase families’ access to affordable fruits, vegetables and low-fat/fat-free dairy, to adjust the marketing and packaging of the Happy Meal to showcase healthy options, and to include fun nutritional messages in advertising directed to children. 
Posted by Sally Nicholson, Director of Student Nutrition Services, School District of Pickens County in Easley, South Carolina on September 26, 2013
Hagood Elementary School in Pickens, South Carolina, is a progressive school encouraging students to live a healthy lifestyle through nutritious meals and exercise. Our goal is to encourage a healthy lifestyle while trying to promote healthy decisions. 
Posted by AJ Pearlman, Associate Director for Policy, Let’s Move! on September 25, 2013
At the Neighborhood House Association Head Start in San Diego, California, Registered Dietitian Kristine Smith and the Neighborhood House Association Nutrition Services Chef teamed up to make meals healthier for thousands of Head Start preschoolers. They started by switching from a ‘heat-and-serve’ style of cooking to preparing breakfasts, lunches, and snacks from scratch every day. They replaced menu items like hot dogs, frozen fish sticks, and chicken nuggets with freshly prepared foods like multi-grain bagels with flavored cream cheeses, chicken with homemade BBQ sauce, and cilantro hummus with all-natural pita chips. Plus, they incorporated more fresh vegetables and herbs that add new colors, textures, tastes, and aromas to the meals.
Posted by Lori Richard, Providence Public School District Food Service Operations Manager on September 24, 2013
Last year, our school district participated in an Adopt a Farm Project to highlight the use of local produce on school lunch menus throughout the state of Rhode Island. Pezza Farm in Johnston, RI planted 10 acres of land that yielded 8,000 pounds of produce, while the school district’s central kitchen developed new recipes to integrate the harvest into school menus. 
Posted by Logan Block, Programs Manager, Miami Children's Museum on September 23, 2013
Ed. Note: This blog was originally posted on www.imls.gov. To view the full post, click here. This blog post is made in conjunction with September's National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. My father, a lifelong elementary school educator, used to say of children and learning, “Our work is our play.” With 56,500 square feet to discover, explore, and investigate, guests at Miami Children’s Museum have a lot of space to cover. Our entire building naturally invites guests to be active and move; to play. Our museum provides children with an outlet to express themselves in creative ways through fun and interactive programming that encourages movement and an active lifestyle. We’re always looking for ways to turn the guest experience from a passive one to an active one.
Posted by Shannon Feaster, Deputy Executive Director, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition on September 20, 2013
This week, Nickelodeon, one of the world’s leading entertainment companies for kids, turned the “City that Never Sleeps” into a “City of Play,” hosting its biggest celebration of play ever! Leading up to the 10th Annual Worldwide Day of Play (WWDoP), on Saturday, September 21st, Nickelodeon is encouraging kids and their families to get up, get out and go play! For the last decade, during its Worldwide Day of Play celebration, Nickelodeon has gone dark for three hours, taking programming off the air and shutting down its websites for three hours from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. (ET/PT).
Posted by Elyse Cohen, Deputy Director, Let’s Move! on September 19, 2013
From the State Dining Room of the White House yesterday, the First Lady addressed a diverse cross section of leaders from food and media industry executives, advocates, parent leaders, government agency representatives and researchers about the power of marketing in influencing kids’ food choices and the need for leveraging this power toward healthier food options for our nation’s children.