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Posted by Steve Jayson, Executive Chef for Universal Orlando Resort on May 3, 2011
It is an honor to have the opportunity to make our schools a healthier place for our children and to be recognized as a Champion of Change.
Posted by Ann Wright, Deputy Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs on May 3, 2011
Ensuring that Americans eat well and lead healthy lives is among our greatest goals at USDA. First Lady Michelle Obama, of course, has taken an important role on this front – leading a national conversation and administration-wide effort. As part of the Lets Move! initiative USDA is taking on the challenge of food deserts. These nutritional wastelands exist across America in both urban and rural communities where parents and children simply do not have access to a supermarket.
Posted by Shannon Rudisill, Director, Office of Child Care, Administration for Children & Families, Department of Health & Human Services on May 3, 2011
At the Colusa Indian Community Council’s Hand-in-Hand Learning Center in northern California, the garden is the focal point of a curriculum that revolves around physical and mental health, fresh food, and local partnerships. The garden, which has been a work in progress for the last five years, is central to Hand-in-Hand’s efforts to educate children and families about healthy lifestyles and obesity prevention.
Posted by Jaime Mulligan, New Media Analyst for Public Health on May 2, 2011
What do First Lady Michelle Obama, TV host Kelly Ripa, and ultramarathon runner Dean Karnazes have in common? All three care about helping kids across America get active to get healthy, and all three were on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday. The First Lady brought the special guests to meet with D.C.-area students and talk about the importance of physical activity. Ripa and Karnazes are involved with Run Across America, which holds community runs to introduce everyday Americans to a healthy, fun cardio routine they can do with friends and family.
Posted by Cyndie Story on May 2, 2011
Ed. note: This was originally posted on WhiteHouse.gov
Posted by Tim Cipriano, Executive Director of Food Services for New Haven Public Schools on April 29, 2011
Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to join 5 chefs from across the country, all of us being recognized as a Champion of Change. Working together as a team the six of us joined in a discussion with Under Secretary Kevin Concannon and Chef Sam Kass to discuss opportunities and challenges of the Chefs Move to Schools, a program of the Let's Move! Initiative.
Posted by Carlin Breinig, Chef on April 28, 2011
On Wednesday, April 20, I was notified that I had received a Champions of Change award and was invited to participate in a roundtable discussion with Administration officials and several chefs and nutritionist specialists. We were asked to discuss the healthy schools initiative, the Chefs Move to Schools project and what we were doing in our communities.
Posted by Julie Curti, Assistant to the Director, USDA Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships on April 28, 2011
Spring is here and that means it is time to get your hands in the soil and start gardening! As part of Let’s Move! Faith and Communities, First Lady Michelle Obama has challenged congregations and neighborhood organizations to plant gardens in their communities.
Posted by Wayne Maloney, Office of Communications on April 28, 2011
St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford joined Secretary Vilsack in the USDA People’s Garden yesterday to urge Native American youth to spend the summer pursuing healthy outdoor activities.  About 30 Native youth from across the Nation, including Tuba City, Arizona and Southeast Alaska, planted a Native American Garden (part of the USDA People’s Garden) as Bradford, Vilsack and other dignitaries spoke.
Posted by Secretary Ray LaHood on April 27, 2011
In this time of high gas prices, it’s important that we give Americans options for getting where they need to go. One way to do that is by fostering livable communities where people can choose to leave their cars behind and safely walk where they need to go.
Posted by Garrett Berdan, RD on April 27, 2011
Cross-posted from the White House blog Editor’s Note: Champions of Change is a weekly initiative to highlight Americans who are making an impact in their communities and help our country rise to the many challenges of the 21st century.
Posted by Regional Director Herb Schultz and Regional Health Administrator Nadine Simons, Region IX on April 27, 2011
The Let’s Move! movement has taken many shapes, sizes and forms. We’ve seen Mayors from towns and cities as far east as Phoenix and as far west as Kauai pledge their support to ending childhood obesity in the region. But there is also something going on a little closer to home. The places we work are our homes away from home. The Offices of the Regional Director and Regional Health Administrator thought no better place to promote the work we are actively engaged in than the place we live and work at everyday, the San Francisco Federal Building.
Posted by Tedy Bruschi, Council member, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and former New England Patriots football player on April 27, 2011
Standing at the finish line at Monday’s 115th Boston Marathon, I marveled at the determination, dedication and sheer grit each runner possessed. One by one I greeted the 43 members of my team as they arrived at the finish on Boylston Street. Huge smiles and expressions of relief adorned their faces as they reached the line, as the sense of accomplishment finally started to set in and the goal of completing 26.2 miles became a reality. The exhilarating energy here on race day reminds me of some of the best games of my football career.
Posted by Steve Segin, Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center, U.S. Forest Service on April 26, 2011
More than 1,200 students, teachers and Scouts recently planted 4,500 trees at the Monument Fire Center on the Pike National Forest in Celebration of the International Year of Forests and as part of an ongoing restoration project in the area. The event brought elementary school students from Rockrimmon and Discovery Canyon Campus schools in Colorado Springs, Colo., to learn about forests, the role of fire in the ecosystem and how forests protect water. Another 1,500 trees were planted by Boy and Girl Scouts from the area.
Posted by Bill Corr, Deputy Secretary, HHS on April 26, 2011
Between work and other commitments, it can be hard to find time to exercise. That’s why the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) supports the National Walk @ Lunch Day sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. Last year, tens of thousands of walkers participated at work sites across the country. This year we hope to encourage even more participants to join us.