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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.
Posted by Debbie Smoot, Southeast Regional Public Affairs Director, USDA Food and Nutrition Service on April 25, 2011
Everyone has heard the children’s story of the “Little Engine that Could” that made the long journey to the top of the hill by pure determination and can-do attitude. But have you heard the story about the “Little School that Could”?
Posted by Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition on April 22, 2011
Iowa is getting healthy. Iowa is getting active. And, in March, a new statewide initiative was launched that aims to help all Iowans join in the fun.
Posted by Robin Schepper, Executive Director, Let’s Move! on April 21, 2011
One way to get kids moving is to get a little help from some professionals. Let’s Move! and the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced they are teaming up in the fight against childhood obesity by inspiring kids through PSAs, helping kids meet the PALA challenge and hosting free physical activity clinics around the country.
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.