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Posted by Dean Fluker, Department of Health and Human Services on July 5, 2011
Last month, the City of Memphis, Tennessee officially kicked off their Let’s Move! Program. Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, Jr. along with over 170 children showed their support for the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative during a celebration and announcement event at the Hickory Hill Community Center. The event kicked off with Beyonce’s Let’s Move! flash workout led by scholars from Power Center Academy, which served as a great backdrop for Mayor Wharton’s unveiling of the city’s first SAFE Zone.
Posted by Sarah Linde-Feucht, MD, Chief Public Health Officer, Health Resources and Services Administration on July 5, 2011
Everyone has a role to play in reducing childhood and adult obesity. Involvement from all levels of government, schools, community organizations, and families is key to ensuring a healthier future for America. People all across the country have started moving. From community gardens to fun fitness programs in schools, communities are doing their parts to make the goal of healthier living a reality.
Posted by Joanne Grossi, HHS Regional Director for DE, PA, MD, WV, VA, DC on June 29, 2011
During the month of May, Mayor C. Kim Bracey of York, Pennsylvania, focused on First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative of encouraging children in the City of York, Pennsylvania to become active by participating in physical activities and working towards a healthier lifestyle.
Posted by Dean Fluker, Department of Health and Human Services on June 29, 2011
In an enthusiastic response to First Lady Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative, San Diego County, California, has in turn initialized its own program, known as "Live Well, San Diego!" Among a number of sub-programs brought into existence under the “Live Well, San Diego!” umbrella, the “Healthy Works” program focuses on children in the school system. In this way, they have ensured that children will enjoy a nutritious breakfast every day, which has actually increased classroom attendance and lowered the number of nurse visits.
Posted by Jessica Wahl Youth Programs Specialist, Department of the Interior on June 29, 2011
A few days after the Lets Move Indian Country launch, the annual Native Vision Camp was held in New Mexico as part of an ongoing partnership between the NFL Players Association and the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health. The community of Shiprock, N.M. and tribe Navajo Nation played host to the 2011 event, which highlighted the importance of health and fitness among Native American youth.
Posted by By Yvette Roubideaux, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Indian Health Service on June 23, 2011
Yesterday, one month after the official launch of Let’s Move! in Indian Country(LMIC), the Indian Health Service (IHS) visited the Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, NM to launch the IHS Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Improving health in early childhood is a critical pillar of LMIC, and this initiative is designed to create a healthy start on life and help prevent childhood obesity. As a part of the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign, LMIC brings together federal agencies, communities, nonprofits, corporate partners, and tribes with the goal of ending the epidemic of childhood obesity in Indian Country within a generation.
Posted by Carol O’Meara, Extension Agent, Colorado State University Extension Boulder County on June 22, 2011
It didn’t look like much of a school in 2005, with the barbed wire fencing and modular classrooms crowding the yard, yet FirstLine Charter Schools founders saw the potential to turn children’s lives around. But just ten days after opening their doors, Hurricane Katrina struck, bringing five feet of flood waters to cover the school grounds.
Posted by Kristen Nelson, USDA Forest Service on June 21, 2011
The U.S. Forest Service and community partners have been encouraging children and their families across the country to spend time reconnecting with nature, trying new recreation activities and just having some good fun. The effort is called National Get Outdoors Day, or GO Day, and enjoyed its first celebration on June 11th.
Posted by Liz Themelis, Director of the Child Care Division, GSA on June 16, 2011
General Services Administration (GSA) has teamed up with the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Child Care. GSA has pledged that all of its 109 child care centers will use Let’s Move! Child Care’s five-step checklist that offers child care providers a way to ensure that youngsters are getting healthy meals and physical activities into their daily routines.
Posted by Alan Shannon, Public Affairs Director, USDA Food and Nutrition Service Midwest Region on June 16, 2011
Last Father’s Day, President Obama challenged American fathers to take time for their children. He has said that being a father to his two daughters is the most important job he has. In Chicago, one organization of talented fathers is rising to that challenge and using their time to tackle child nutrition issues.
Posted by James Galloway, Acting Regional Director/Health Administrator, Health and Human Services on June 16, 2011
Chicago knows how to move, as three-year old Demarius Johnson can attest. Last month, at Mayor Rahm Emanuel's pre-inaguration family celebration, Demarius learned how to shoot hockey goals with the Chicago Blackhawks' "shoot out" game. The Blackhawks (through the NHL) joined other Lets Move! partners at the celebration, encouraging kids to be active.
Posted by Jennifer Seymour, CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity on June 15, 2011
Last week First Lady Mrs. Obama was at CentroNía's DC Bilingual Public Charter School in Washington, DC to launch Let’s Move in Childcare. DC Bilingual was also the 2nd school in DC to receive a salad bar as part of the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools campaign. The first salad bar was such a success that after 6 months they requested a second for younger students in the elementary school. Now, a total of 27 public and charter schools in DC have received salad bars from Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools during the last year through contributions from Dole Food Company, Whole Foods Markets, United Fresh Produce Foundation, Cambro Manufacturing Company, and Vollrath.
Posted on June 15, 2011
Ed. Note: Cross-posted from USDA Blog Drum roll please…. The long anticipated winners of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Recipes for Healthy Kids competition were announced this morning by Secretary Vilsack.
Posted by Robin Schepper, Executive Director, Let’s Move! on June 14, 2011
Just in time to celebrate the one year anniversary of Let’s Move Outside, we invited 50 kids from Thurgood Marshall High School to play on the White House’s South Lawn. Activities included camping demonstrations, fly fishing, a kayak clinic, mountain biking and rock climbing. It was so amazing to see these kids participate in these outdoor activities - some of them had never been on a bike let alone climbed a rock wall. (I tried the rock climbing wall myself to see if I could get over my fear of heights and have a lot of respect for all those kids who touched the buzzer at the top!)
Posted by Rebecca Shively, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships on June 13, 2011
In his opening remarks at this season’s first Department of Agriculture Farmers Market, held adjacent to the Department headquarters on the National Mall, Secretary Vilsack spoke about the national movement to rebuild our rural economy and connect urban communities with America’s farmers. The market—a bustle of activity with a crowd of shoppers purchasing produce, homemade preserves, and artisanal bread—was a festive celebration of that movement, but not the only attraction of the day!