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Posted by Robin Schepper, Executive Director of Let’s Move! and Ali Kelley, Deputy Associate Director, Let’s Move Outside on April 19, 2011
If you’ve been following the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, you know that eating healthy and getting active go hand-in-hand. Thanks to the National Parks Service’s new Healthy Foods Strategy, it will be easier than ever to enjoy healthy foods and exercise at America’s beautiful national parks.
Posted by Dr. James Galloway, HHS Acting Regional Director & Regional Health Administrator for Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, and Indiana on April 19, 2011
Let’s Move! has arrived in Oakwood Village, Ohio, and the town's Youth Council is excited about joining First Lady Michelle Obama in fighting childhood obesity.
Posted by Cindy Long, Child Nutrition Director, USDA's Food and Nutrition Service on April 19, 2011
Cross-posted from the U.S. Department of Agriculture blog
Posted by Alan Shannon, Public Affairs Director, USDA Food and Nutrition Service Midwest Region on April 19, 2011
Cross-posted from the U.S. Department of Agriculture blog  
Posted by Kevin Discepolo, Secretary’s Fellow for Youth in the Great Outdoors at the Department of the Interior on April 14, 2011
On March 12th, I joined a group of families and members of Native American Lifelines, an urban Indian community center in Baltimore, for the Konica-Minolta Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium. Kerry Lessard, the Health and Cultural Consultant for the center, was inspired by Let’s Move! and wanted to get the youth active through the sport of lacrosse, which has cultural significance in many Indian communities.
Posted by Vicky Marquez, Policy Analyst in the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships on April 13, 2011
To celebrate the one-year anniversary of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago marked the date with healthy snacks and a visit from the USDA’s Power Panther mascot.
Posted by Ollice C. Holden, Regional Administrator, USDA Food and Nutrition Service Midwest Region on April 13, 2011
On April 4th I had the opportunity to join Illinois’ Senator Dick Durbin, the President and First Lady’s personal trainer and member of President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Cornell McClellan and staff from USDA, the Department of Health and Human Services, Chicago Public Schools and Healthy Schools Campaign to kick off Minority Health Month.
Posted by Allison Eckhardt, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture on April 12, 2011
“I pledge my Head to clearer thinking, my Heart to greater loyalty, my Hands to larger service and my Health to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world.” This is the pledge that 300 4-H youth and volunteers gave on Monday when the 2011 National 4-H Conference kicked off in Bethesda, Md. Youth and adults from 47 states and territories, as well a delegation from Canada, took part in an event that has happened in the Washington area since the 1920s, when 4-Hers slept in tents on the Washington Mall in front of the USDA headquarters. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, or NIFA, is the parent organization to 4-H National Headquarters. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Education Secretary Arne Duncan spoke to 4-Hers about community service, valuing education, and embracing positive health and nutrition habits.
Posted by Lauren Marchetti, Director, National Center for Safe Routes to Schools on April 12, 2011
Shortly after the signs of spring begin to show – be it rain or snow showers – folks in the Safe Routes to School world begin to think about Walk to School Day registration. This year’s event will be celebrated across America on Wednesday, October 5, and I hope Let’s Move! supporters can join the fun. After all, it’s an international celebration of families and communities being active – together – on the way to school.
Posted by Dr. Rebecca Bunnell, ScD, Med, Program Director, Communities Putting Prevention to Work on April 11, 2011
In Auburn, Washington, more than 30 percent of Auburn adults are obese, and the area is home to the highest levels of adult obesity in the Seattle-King County area. But Auburn High School students have embarked an effort to change that. The school’s campaign, titled COMMIT TO FIT, encourages healthy behaviors and rewards participants for smart choices.
Posted by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on April 11, 2011
Soon after moving into the White House, the First Lady along with local elementary school children planted The Kitchen Garden at the White House, the first garden of its kind on White House grounds since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden during World War II.
Posted by Cindy McArthur, National Partnership Office, U.S. Forest Service on April 7, 2011
Under a bright Hawaiian sun, a group of girls ages 11 to 18 planted a special vegetable garden that will not only teach others about ecosystems but will also help endangered sea turtles. The project is inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Lets Move! campaign and the USDA People’s Garden Initiative. The girls, who attend the same church in Mililani, Hawaii, needed a community service project. Sea Life Park on Oahu had land and a seed of an idea to plant a garden. The U.S. Forest Service helped to bring the two groups together.
Posted by Kathryn Sosbe, Office of Communication, U.S. Forest Service on April 7, 2011
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday the infusion of $1 million from the current U.S. Forest Service budget toward projects and programs that get kids outside to experience the great outdoors, connect with nature and help nurture future land stewards.
Posted by Sefa Aina and Hines Ward on April 7, 2011
Over the weekend, more than 1500 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) youth and family members joined celebrity fitness trainer, Jillian Michaels, and professional athletes Troy Polamalu and Marcus McNeil at the University of California, Los Angeles, to answer the First Lady’s call. Our goal: draw attention to the increasing rate of childhood obesity among NHPI youth and promote physical activity and healthy living.
Posted by Debbie Smoot, Director, Public Affairs Southeast Region, USDA, Food and Nutrition Service on April 7, 2011
Back in January, we posted a blog about the Chefs Move to Schools initiative, called Chef Helps Special Needs School Children Explore New Foods. The story highlighted the efforts of Morning Star School, Orlando, Fla., and created a windfall of support in the local community for the Morning Star Foodies. The Morning Star Foodies are the special needs students involved in the school’s Let’s Move! program.