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Posted by Aisha Hasan, Program Analyst, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on July 2, 2014
In the Let’s Move! City of New Bedford, Massachusetts residents don’t have reliable transportation to supermarkets, which limits their access to healthy food options. Instead, for their grocery purchases, many of New Bedford’s 95,000 residents often rely on local corner stores that offer limited healthy choices.
Posted by Chelsea Bollinger, Associate Director, White House Visitors Office on July 1, 2014
In keeping with the President and First Lady’s commitment to open the People’s House to as many people as possible, tours of the White House Kitchen Garden are back and now available to community organizations as well as school groups with an interest in gardening and healthy eating. Come smell the beautiful, brightly colored fruits and vegetables in the Kitchen Garden, including herbs grown from Thomas Jefferson’s garden at Monticello, see the vibrant flowers in the Pollinator Garden, and hear the bees buzzing around the White House Beehive.
Posted by Pamela B. Bryant, MS, Health Communications Specialist, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO), CDC on June 30, 2014
During this 3rd anniversary of Let’s Move! Child Care (LMCC), we recognize the outstanding efforts of the thousands of providers who have committed to working towards the Initiative’s best practices for healthy nutrition, physical activity, breastfeeding support, and screen time.
Posted by Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, Acting Director, Indian Health Service, US Department of Health and Human Services on June 30, 2014
Earlier this month, Let’s Move! in Indian Country (LMIC) celebrated its third anniversary at the Pueblo of Zuni in New Mexico. The Pueblo of Zuni exemplifies a community-driven effort to prevent childhood obesity by implementing innovative programming that is firmly based on their traditions and culture. The Zuni commitment to improving the health of youth and families is also evidenced by their partnerships with the IHS, Nike N7 Fund, and the Notah Begay III Foundation.
Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director, Let’s Move! on June 27, 2014
Are you looking for new, tasty, and healthy recipes to try out for your family meals? We have just the place where you can find them. Last week, new recipes were added to the MyPlate Pinterest board including Mexican, Italian, and Chinese inspired recipes that will give you a taste of dishes from around the world!
Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director, Let’s Move! on June 25, 2014
Today, the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) announced that multiple leaders from the fashion industry have joined its Drink Up initiative, an effort that encourages Americans across the country to drink more water, more often. Since the launch of Drink Up in September 2013, a wide variety of organizations and companies have committed to support the effort.
Posted by David Jayo, Senior Advisor to the Secretary, Department of Interior on June 20, 2014
It’s finally summer!  The weather is fantastic, kids are out of school, and it’s the perfect time to get the family outdoors! From our parks to snaking rivers, lakes, trails, coastlines, to our mountains and forests, there are many wonderful opportunities for affordable adventures for the whole family.
Posted by Diane Harris, PhD MPH Health Scientist, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on June 19, 2014
More than 1.7 million school-age children in the United States have better access to fresh fruits and vegetables thanks to new salad bars donated to schools through Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools. Recently, the program partnership released results of a survey of recipient school districts. Among the benefits of school salad bars reported by school food service directors were increased student access to fresh fruits and vegetables and increased student participation in the school lunch program.  
Posted by Elyse Cohen, Deputy Director, Let’s Move! on June 13, 2014
Yesterday, the First Lady joined Secretary Vilsack, school nutrition directors from across the country, and the same local Washington, D.C. students who participated in the garden planting in April, to harvest the summer crop from the White House Kitchen Garden. Due to inclement weather, the event was moved inside, but not without bringing the students down to the garden before the event to see the fruits of their labor. They were certainly impressed with the growth of the delicious foods they helped to plant.
Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director, Let’s Move! on June 13, 2014
From farm to table, or from White House Kitchen Garden to State Dining Room, local DC elementary school students joined the First Lady and Let's Move! Executive Director Sam Kass to prepare a healthy lunch at this year’s summer garden harvest. Check out the recipe below and try it out at home!
Posted by Alex Wall on June 12, 2014
Ed. note: This is cross-posted from the The White House Blog. See the original post here. Millions of kids across America are eating healthier school meals because of new nutrition standards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Today at 2:30 p.m. ET, the First Lady held a Twitter Q&A to help raise awareness around the importance of our kids eating healthy and getting the nutrition they need.
Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director, Let’s Move! on June 11, 2014
This year marked the third annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a nationwide recipe challenge issued by First Lady Michelle Obama, Epicurious, the Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to promote healthy eating among America’s youth in support of Let’s Move!. For this year’s challenge, more than 1,500 recipes were submitted from talented, young chefs from all across the country.
Posted by Drew Brees, Co-Chair of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition and NFL Quarterback on June 10, 2014
Ed Note: This blog is cross-posted from fitness.gov. You can find the original post here. As we approach end of the school year for students across America, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition is raising awareness about the importance of physical activity and good nutrition for all kids before, during and after the school day. We know that ACTIVE KIDS DO BETTER! They perform better academically and tend to make better health choices into adulthood.
Posted by Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director, President's Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition on June 5, 2014
Last week, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition was proud to join the partners of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP) to recognize Georgia as the first state to fully implement the program. The Presidential Youth Fitness Program, which was launched in September 2012, encourages schools, districts and states to meet criteria that will provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to be active and healthy for a lifetime. 
Posted by Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services on June 4, 2014
Ed Note: This blog is cross-posted from usda.gov. You can find the original post here. This week is National Summer Food Service Program Kickoff Week, an important time to emphasize USDA’s commitment to ensure children and teens have access to safe, nutritious meals when school lets out. Through the Summer Food Service Program, federal assistance is provided for state agencies and non-profit sponsors to help children in eligible high-need areas get the proper nutrition they need during the summer when schools are not in session.