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Posted by Marissa N. Duswalt on June 1, 2012
Tomorrow, Let’s Move! is celebrating the first birthday of MyPlate, the new 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. It’s a helpful tool for making meals with healthy portions and a friendly image for parents and kids to talk about making half our plates fruits and vegetables.
Posted by Max Finberg on June 1, 2012
First Lady Michelle Obama was thinking of Sam Shihadeh and Rose Fakhoury when she challenged faith-based and community organizations to appoint wellness ambassadors. Sam, a personal trainer and council member of the Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Washington DC, and Rose, the Director of St. George’s Sunday School, joined forces to lead, organize and take action to improve health and wellness in their community. St. George Church hosted a Let’s Move! event on May 5, 2012 to get their community members eating healthy foods, moving and working to combat childhood obesity. As a congregation inspired to fight obesity, the church practices what it preaches. The event kicked off with children racing through an outdoor obstacle course. During the day attendees heard from a diverse group of panelists such as doctors, personal trainers, and a registered dietitian, on the importance of leading a healthy life. I joined Paul Monteiro of the White House Office of Public Engagement to share more about the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative. 
Posted by Matt Compton on May 31, 2012
Back in March, a group of students from across the country joined First Lady Michelle Obama to plant a new crop in the White House garden.
Posted by Charlie Galbraith on May 31, 2012
Today at 1:30 PM EDT, the White House will host a panel discussion of leaders who have contributed to the progress of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! in Indian Country initiative and whose work can be expanded across Indian Country.  The discussion will be streamed online at www.WhiteHouse.gov/live. As a key component of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, Let’s Move! in Indian Country focuses on four pillars that are essential to building a healthy future for American Indian and Alaska Native youth: • Creating a Healthy start on Life, • Creating Healthy Learning Communities, • Fostering Healthy, Comprehensive Food Systems Policies, and • Increasing Opportunities for Physical Activity
Posted by By Jessica Larson, Dietetic Intern, USDA Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships on May 29, 2012
Sign up by visiting our registration site or emailing us at collaborate@usda.gov. First Lady Michelle Obama is urging all faith and community leaders to learn more about ways to collaborate with Let’s Move!  One way to do this is by joining USDA’s series of calls entitled Together We Can.  Last week, USDA’s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships led the first of these calls, and shared opportunities to partner with USDA with local faith and community leaders to help those in need in their communities.  Neighborhood and faith-based organizations are well positioned to initiate and coordinate activities that encourage healthy living and well-being, which is why Let’s Move Faith and Communities aims to help these organization solve the problems that lead to childhood obesity and address related issues of hunger.  This series of calls aims to equip these organizations with introductory knowledge, best practices, and contact information to help community-based organizations understand and access USDA programs.
Posted on May 21, 2012
Calling all kid chefs: The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge invites parents of kids ages 8-12 to submit an original recipe for a lunch that is nutritious and delicious. All entrants have the chance to win a trip to Washington D.C. and the opportunity to be invited to attend a Kids' “State Dinner” at the White House in August, where a selection of the winning healthy recipes will be served. Let's Move! is teaming up with Epicurious, the Department of Education and USDA to find great lunch ideas that are healthy, affordable, and -- of course -- tasty. "We all want to ensure that our kids are eating nutritious, delicious food at every meal, and as a mom I know that parents are always looking for new ideas to make that happen,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “With parents and kids all across the country getting creative in the kitchen, I know we'll find healthy meals that every family will enjoy. And I can’t wait to try the kids’ creations myself.”
Posted by Ali Kelley on May 19, 2012
With less than a week to go before the Second Annual National Kids to Parks Day, more than 70,000 people in 45 states have pledged to go to a park and have some fun. With park events planned in 39 states, tens of thousands of kids and their parents will participate in what is becoming America’s national day of park play. National Kids to Parks Day is a great way to kick off the summer and reminds families to get out and enjoy the local, state and national parks in their communities. Parks around the country are offering an enticing menu of events to attract visitors. In Virginia, all 36 state parks will offer an active, family-focused event for National Kids to Parks Day. In addition, families will be bird watching in California, fishing in Connecticut, biking and hiking in Georgia, doing volcano restoration in Hawaii, and pond prowling in Louisiana.  So far, 251 mayors in 45 states and Washington D.C. have sponsored and passed resolutions of support for this special day. Meanwhile, governors of Washington, Colorado, Vermont, Maryland, Virginia, Missouri, and West Virginia have officially declared May 19 National Kids to Parks Day.
Posted by Jessica Larson, Dietetic Intern, USDA Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships on May 18, 2012
First Lady Michelle Obama understands that fighting obesity requires a multi-faceted approach, which is why the Let's Move! initiative focuses on many ways to help children be healthy. How we shop at the grocery store can have a huge impact on our budget. That’s why one of the pillars of the Let’s Move! initiative is making sure that healthy foods are affordable and accessible.  A commonly held belief is that eating healthy foods is more expensive than eating less healthy foods. But that depends on how you measure the cost of food, according to a new report published by USDA’s Economic Research Service. The researchers compared the price of food based on three different metrics: the price per calorie, the price per edible weight, and the price per average portion. They concluded that even though healthy foods, like fruits, vegetables, and certain grains and dairy products, are more expensive when priced per calorie, they are less expensive than most protein foods and foods high in saturated fat, added sugar and/or sodium when food is priced by either edible weight or average portion. What this means is that healthy foods are not more expensive than unhealthy foods when comparing prices using an alternative measure to price per calorie.
Posted by Lindsay Matthews on May 17, 2012
April showers bring May flowers. That’s how the old adage goes. But instead of waiting for the flowers to bloom, this May bring your family together with an activity that is perfect whether the sun is shining or it’s pouring down rain – we're talking about gardening of course! Families, schools and communities across the country can all take part in our newest initiative to get our children healthy. We’re growing our own produce and we want you to join us.
Posted by Kasie Coccaro on May 17, 2012
Note: This live session of Office Hours has concluded. View the full question and answer session below or at Storify.com This has been an exciting week for Let’s Move! On Monday, First Lady Michelle Obama joined Team USA to announce new programs that will help connect more than 1.7 million kids with athletic opportunities in their communities. Today, we launched a new section on LetsMove.gov dedicated to helping schools, communities and families start their own gardens. Find out how you can get started on a garden of your own with checklists for schools, communities and kitchens. Do you have questions about the Let’s Move! initiative or how to get your garden growing this spring? On Friday, May 18th at 1:00 pm ET, we’re holding a special session of White House Office Hours with Sam Kass, White House Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives, to answer your questions on Twitter.  
Posted by Lindsay Matthews on May 16, 2012
Yesterday, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed MLS Cup Champions the LA Galaxy to the White House. President Obama honored the teams 2011 season and their MLS Cup victory and the First Lady hosted a question and answer session where the players discussed getting active, eating right and keeping healthy with an audience of young, talented soccer fans from around the country.
Posted by Megan Slack on May 14, 2012
There’s no better time than the hot, sunny days of summer vacation to get kids moving. And with the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games kicking off this July, young people all across the country will have a chance to see some of America’s finest athletes in action as they run, jump, swim and ride in hopes of bringing home the gold. 
Posted on May 14, 2012
Recipe courtesy of Country Living Magazine  "Sweet potatoes add welcome texture to pizza—and they’re delicious with tomato sauce!" — Cristeta Comerford and Sam Kass, executive chef and assistant chef of the White House Serving Size 8
Posted on May 14, 2012
Recipe courtesy of USDA's ChooseMyPlate.gov This is a bright, light take on sweet & sour pork that’s studded with plenty of pineapple, carrots, and wedges of tomato. Serving Size Serves 4 (approximately 1¼ cups each)