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Posted by Elyse Cohen, Deputy Director, Let's Move! on July 25, 2013
Get out your tights, tap shoes, and tutus – all that jazz – National Dance Day is just a hop, skip, and a jump away!
Posted by Yvette Roubideaux, M.D., M.P.H., Acting Director, Indian Health Service on July 25, 2013
The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global program that was launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in 1991 to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding.
Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director, Let's Move! on July 24, 2013
Speaking to over 1,800 attendees at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Annual Conference yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama exclaimed, “Food is love… it’s how we pass on our culture and heritage as meals become family traditions and recipes are passed on from generation to generation.”
Posted by AJ Pearlman, Associate Director for Policy, Let's Move! on July 19, 2013
Before you know it school will be back in session and leaves will begin to change. But, right now, it is still peak summer season! So don’t waste another minute – head outside to celebrate (with sunscreen and lots of water, of course)! July is National Parks and Recreation Month – and whether you’re spending the summer close to home or far away, we are sure you can find a place nearby to play outside. 
Posted by Elyse Cohen, Deputy Director, Let's Move! on July 19, 2013
Facts are facts. Briefing food industry leaders at the annual Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) Policy Summit on Wednesday, Let’s Move! Executive Director, Sam Kass, painted a picture of the health of Americans:
Posted by Tracy Smith, Cook Manager, Sky Oaks Elementary School, Burnsville, Minnesota on July 18, 2013
School meals are quite often the healthiest, and sometimes the only, meals some children receive. At Sky Oaks Elementary School in Minnesota, we believe that encouraging and empowering our students towards a healthy lifestyle is crucial. Once they understand how fantastic certain foods make them feel, students continue eating them. In turn, we are seeing students encourage and empower their peers, as well as their families, to make healthy choices—what a delightful chain reaction! Getting children to try new fruits is easy. Veggies prove to be a tough sell, but our veggie consumption sky rocketed when we started roasting them. One trick is to offer a “Sprinkle or Scoop.” It gives me great pride to see how many “scoops” we actually serve now. In fact, while ten pounds of veggies used to last the entire lunch service, today we cut it close when we roast up 75 pounds! It’s amazing when you see your students come to the realization of how delicious fruits and veggies truly are.
Posted by Elyse Cohen, Deputy Director, Let's Move! on July 17, 2013
There is something so fun about a picnic, even if it is just taking food outside. Planning a picnic excites people of all ages. So dig out the old wicker basket and the classic checkered table cloth, and head to the closest park or lake front to celebrate National Picnic Month!
Posted by Kam Sripada, Administration for Children & Families, US Department of Health & Human Services on July 16, 2013
From Hyde Park to the South End, child care providers across Boston are making healthier choices for their children by joining the Boston Healthy Childcare Initiative, launched by Mayor Thomas M. Menino in his 2012 State of the City address.
Posted by Courtney Corbisiero on July 15, 2013
Summer is here and Let’s Move! has some fun ideas for you to enjoy the sun and stay healthy for the next few months. Take a Stroll – Explore your neighborhood by taking a walk around the block or heading to the woods for a hike as a family. Wheel Around – Grab your helmet and get ready to move! Whether you’re lacing up your rollerblades, jumping on your bike, or breaking out your scooter, spending your summer wheeling around is a great source of exercise. Make a Splash — Spending time in the water is not only a great way to cool off on a hot summer day – it’s also the perfect way for you to stay active. Grab your bathing suit and swim some laps in the pool, paddle down the river, or surf the ocean!
Posted by Steve Watson, Southeast Regional Office Public Affairs, Food and Nutrition Service on July 15, 2013
When the Nutrition Standards for School Meals went into effect last year, Whitley County School Food Service in Williamsburg, Ky., was already serving students more healthy meals.
Posted by Kelsey Donohue, Office of Communication and Outreach, U.S. Department of Education. on July 12, 2013
 Ed Note: This is a cross post from the blog of ed.gov.
Posted by Elyse Cohen, Deputy Director, Let's Move! on July 11, 2013
Did you know that what you choose to eat each day is the greatest predictor of you living a long, healthy life?   According to a new study released by the University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), poor diet and nutrition were the leading causes of disease burden in the US and contributed to more health loss in 2010 than smoking, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar.
Posted by Courtney Corbisiero on July 11, 2013
On Tuesday, winners of Epicurious’ Healthy Lunchtime Challenge visited the White House for the second annual Kids’ State Dinner. A few of the winning healthy recipes were served at the lunch – and First Lady Michelle Obama loved them! Now, it’s your turn. We’ve posted all 54 recipes on LetsMove.gov – and they’re so tasty, you’re going to want to try them at home. So break out your chef hat and get cookin’!
Posted by Dr. Howard K. Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on July 10, 2013
Later today, Mayors and local elected officials will gather at a White House event to recognize the work of Let’s Move! Cities Towns, and Counties.  These local elected officials have led the nation by pioneering commitments to improve the health of children in their communities. Be sure to check out the live stream of the event, starting at 1 pm, at www.whitehouse.gov/live.
Posted by Kasie Coccaro, Associate Director of Online Outreach on July 9, 2013