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Posted by Nikki Sutton on September 16, 2011
Ed. Note: Cross-posted from the WhiteHouse.gov blog. As part of the Let's Move! initiative, yesterday morning First Lady Michelle Obama joined Partnership for a Healthier America, Red Lobster, Olive Garden and other family chains owned by Darden Restaurants to announce a commitment from Darden to reduce calories and sodium in their meals and to provide healthier options in their kids’ menus.
Posted by Kevin Discepolo, Secretary’s Fellow for Youth in the Great Outdoors at the Department of the Interior on September 15, 2011
Athletics provide many opportunities for youth across the country, like the chance to be physically active, as well as a group of friends with a common interest, but it is coaches who decide what type of athlete these kids will be. I do not mean whether they will be All-Americans or bench players. Rather, will they understand the values of a strong work ethic, good sportsmanship, or the power of teamwork?
Posted on September 15, 2011
Recipe courtesy of Chop Chop Magazine Put a cool, fruity smoothie in your thermos, and if you don’t drink it up for breakfast, you’ll be psyched for it at snack or lunchtime. Just give it a shake before drinking, to make sure all the ingredients are blended. Serving Size Makes 2 servings Time 15 minutes Ingredients
Posted on September 14, 2011
The best way to get your kids interested in eating healthy food is get them involved in preparing healthy food. Our friends at Chop Chop magazine paid a visit to the White House kitchen recently where their kid chefs grilled our chefs about what they like to cook – and what they like to eat.
Posted on September 14, 2011
Recipe courtesy of Chop Chop Magazine Why is a wrap more fun than a sandwich? We don’t know, but it sure is. Lavash is a Middle-Eastern flat bread that is often topped with sesame seeds. Multi-grain tortillas are a perfect substitute. Serving Size 2 servings Cook Time 15 minutes Ingredients
Posted on September 14, 2011
Recipe courtesy of Chop Chop Magazine The apple in this simple, scrumptious soup will make the sweet carrots and onions even sweeter. These are all fall ingredients—which makes this the perfect back-to-school lunch. Serving Size 14 servings Cook Time 35 minutes Ingredients
Posted on September 14, 2011
Recipe courtesy of Chop Chop Magazine Chop Chop Magazine Zesty dip turns carrots into something special. Of course, if you run out of carrots, you could use another favorite vegetable. Greek yogurt is thicker than regular yogurt, which is why Adam uses it here; you can get it at most supermarkets. Serving Size Serves 8 Time 10 minutes Ingredients
Posted on September 14, 2011
Recipe courtesy of Chop Chop Magazine Here’s a recipe for a sweet and wholesome quick bread that’s the perfect treat to pack in a lunchbox. Serving Size Serves 2 Cook Time Prep Time: 25 Minutes Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes Ingredients
Posted on September 14, 2011
Recipe courtesy of Chop Chop Magazine Hot and tired when you get home from school? Make yourself a refreshing fizzy juice drink, then cool down and relax. Serving Size 4 Servings Time 5 Minutes Ingredients
Posted on September 14, 2011
Recipe courtesy of Chop Chop Magazine Serving Size 1 Roll-Up Cook Time 15 minutes Ingredients
Posted by Dana Coale, AMS Dairy Programs Deputy Administrator on September 13, 2011
Ed. Note: Cross-posted from the USDA blog. As students across the country get back in school and we gear up for Monday Night Football, the Fuel Up to Play 60 program is ready for another action-packed year of nutrition and fitness events. An initiative that encourages kids of all ages to be healthy and active, the overall goal of the program is to tackle childhood obesity.   
Posted by Julie Curti, Assistant to the Director, USDA Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships on September 12, 2011
When the word community is in your middle name, it’s only natural to start gardens producing healthy, nutritious foods.  The Jewish Community Centers (JCC) Association has taken on the First Lady’s Let’s Move Faith and Communities challenge of growing community gardens. They have started JCC Grows, a healthy food and hunger-relief initiative involving the creation and/or expansion of community gardens at JCCs and JCC camps. Most of the produce grown is donated to emergency food providers to help those in need. JCC Grows also promotes fresh food collection drives and connects JCCs to Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs and farmers markets.
Posted by Massie Ritsch, Office of Communications & Outreach, Department of Education on September 7, 2011
Cross-posted from Ed.gov Blog
Posted on September 2, 2011
One of the country’s leading pediatricians, Judith S. Palfrey, M.D., has been named Executive Director of  the Let’s Move! childhood obesity initiative. For decades, Dr. Palfrey has provided clinical care to thousands of children and families, conducted groundbreaking pediatric research, taught future physicians and led major medical organizations.
Posted on September 1, 2011
Watch White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford show Amy Boshnack from CafeMom's The Stir how to make healthy, affordable school lunches following the My Plate nutritional guidelines.