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Posted by Aaron Lavallee, Office of Communications, USDA on May 17, 2011
I can’t tell you if there are 10,000 lakes in Minnesota, but I can tell you that there is one creative group of students, the South Education Center Alternative (SECA) in Richfield, Minn. Richfield was the next stop in the First Lady’s Recipes for Healthy Kids competition judging round. We were eagerly anticipating the visit to SECA because their entry in the whole grains category, Porcupine Sliders, definitely caught our attention with their prickly title.
Posted by Ray LaHood, Secretary of Transportation on May 17, 2011
Cross-posted from the Department of Transportation blog. High gas prices are hitting American families in their wallets and pockets pretty hard these days. But did you know that more than 40 percent of urban trips in the United States are less than two miles, yet 90 percent of those short trip are taken by car? 
Posted by Aaron Lavallee, Office of Communications, USDA on May 16, 2011
You don’t have to go to Hawaii to get a taste of the islands. In fact the students at Mount Lebanon Elementary School in Pendleton, S.C. were cooking up what can only be described as a paradise for the taste buds in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Recipes for Healthy Kids competition. Our judges made their way down to Pendleton as the competition continued its tour across the country to find the top recipe that schools can easily incorporate into National School Lunch Program menus.
Posted by Judy Baker, HHS Regional Director & Jose Belardo, HHS Regional Administrator for Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, & Missouri on May 16, 2011
A Let’s Move! event designed to keep children active and avoid obesity turned into a chance last month for college students to encourage disadvantaged high school students to stay in school.
Posted by Inez Tenenbaum, Chairman, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on May 16, 2011
I fully support the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative, and I join her in encouraging America’s children to become more physically active as an essential element of a healthy lifestyle. Getting yourself and your children moving together is a fun way to enjoy quality time as a family. At the same time, you can prevent injuries by adding a few of the following simple safety steps to your family’s outdoor activities. Swimming
Posted by Jaime Mulligan, New Media Analyst for Public Health on May 13, 2011
You may have seen our post on Monday about First Lady Michelle Obama announcing new collaborations to support our military families and ensure that everyone can get out and get moving.
Posted by Jack Currie, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA Food and Nutrition Service on May 13, 2011
It was off to the Sunshine State for our team of judges in the First Lady’s Recipes for Healthy Kids contest where they joined students at Orlando’s Liberty Middle School. The competition to date has been intense as kids cooked up some delectable dishes. Liberty’s recipe, called Roasted Fish Crispy Slaw Wrap (Dark Green and Orange Vegetables), was among 15 recipes chosen to move forward in the competition from among the 340 entries submitted across five categories: whole grains, dark green and orange vegetables, and dry beans and peas.
Posted by Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on May 13, 2011
Preventing problems before they start and improving the capacity to detect and control disease threats: these are the core goals of the Affordable Care Act's Prevention and Public Health Fund. A focus on prevention offers an opportunity to empower communities and individuals so that Americans live longer, healthier, more productive lives with lower health care costs.
Posted by Allen Ng, USDA Food and Nutrition Service Western Regional Administrator on May 12, 2011
Chef Billy Reid, manager of child nutrition services at Salida Union School District, is an advocate of the Chefs Move to Schools initiative. Chef Reid has been using his expertise to make sure students in his District eat meals that are both healthy and tasty.
Posted by Kathleen FioRito, USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Midwest Region on May 11, 2011
In March 2011, USDA Special Nutrition Programs Regional Director Julie Mikkelson and I met Chef Paul Penney at a HealthierUS School Challenge(HUSSC) award celebration in Canton, Michigan. Chef Paul, a volunteer with the First Lady’s Chefs Move to Schools initiative, was in the kitchen at Dodson Elementary School helping school foodservice staff prepare mashed sweet potatoes and apples and Michigan cherry chili.
Posted by Dean Fluker, Department of Health and Human Services on May 10, 2011
In Asheville, North Carolina, elected officials and community leadership have a history of supporting initiatives and efforts that are community-based. This made Asheville City Council's resolution to become a Let's Move! City in September, 2010 a natural fit and complement to Let’s Move! Cities and Towns.
Posted by Audrey Rowe, administrator USDA Food and Nutrition Service on May 10, 2011
On April 26, I had the pleasure of visiting Harold S. Winograd School in Greeley, Colo., to kick off the judging for the First Lady’s Recipes for Healthy Kids competition. As I arrived at the school, I could feel the excitement, enthusiasm, and deep pride among the students and staff.
Posted by Robin Schepper, Executive Director of Let's Move! and Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition on May 9, 2011
Today, First Lady Michelle Obama announced new collaborations to support our military families and ensure that everyone can get out and get moving. Starting June 1, service members and their families will be able to visit the websites of the organizations to sign up for free sportsclub memberships and personal training.
Posted by Todd Solomon, New Media lead, Department of Transportation on May 9, 2011
Congratulations to the City of Takoma Park, Maryland, for another successful 5K Challenge! Last Sunday, they held their third annual running of this exciting event, and it drew more than 700 runners of all ages. The great thing about Takoma Park's family-friendly race day is that it benefits the city's Safe Routes to School program. Safe Routes programs across America help schoolkids learn to bike and walk to school safely.
Posted by Nancy C Lee, Director, Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health on May 9, 2011
Healthy, strong women are essential to building healthy, strong children and communities, but too often women place the needs of others before their own. As a woman, mother, doctor and the new Director of the Office on Women’s Health, I understand how busy we can be and how difficult it is to make time for ourselves and our health. Nevertheless, we need to make our health and wellness a priority. National Women’s Health Week serves as a reminder to do just that and do so with small, manageable steps that will improve our health.