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Posted by Amanda Eamich, Director of Web Communications, USDA on September 29, 2010
Six months ago the Apps for Healthy Kids competition called upon Americans to design engaging online or mobile games and tools to educate people of all ages about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity. As part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, this challenge brought together solvers from across the Nation.
Posted by Aneesh Chopra, U.S. Chief Technology Officer on September 28, 2010
Suspense is building in advance of tomorrow’s highly anticipated awards ceremony for the “Apps for Healthy Kids” challenge, where the winners of $60,000 in prizes will be announced for newly created digital games and apps that best empower and inspire kids to eat healthy and get moving.
Posted by Kori Schulman on September 25, 2010
Today, the First Lady hosted a special event for the spouses of Chiefs of State and Heads of Government participating in the United Nations General Assembly at the Stone Barns Center, a non-profit farm and education center north of New York City.
Posted by Herb K. Schultz, Region IX Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on September 24, 2010
Last week, California took a huge step forward in support of the First Lady's Let's Move! campaign. A voice of 480 cities and towns, the California League of Cities voted as a general assembly at their annual conference to support unanimously the Let's Move Cities and Towns initiative. Now is the time for other cities and towns across the country to follow the example in California and join the battle to create healthy communities.
Posted by Team Illumination on September 24, 2010
Editors note: Organizing a meetup is a great way to get involved and support your community.  Below, a team of Federal employees share how they set up their first meetup. We are a team of six Federal employees enrolled in a 9-month long Executive Leadership Program (ELP). We come from different agencies, Department of Education, US Department of Agriculture, General Services Administration, Department of Energy, Federal Aviation Administration, and Department of Defense – Navy.  As part of ELP, we were tasked to come up with a team project that was designed around an issue or policy matter facing an agency, non-profit organization, or other entity.
Posted by and Julie Rodriguez, Director, Office of Youth in the Great Outdoors, U.S. Department of the Interior on September 24, 2010
Fall is the perfect time to get outside. Get moving into the new school year with National Public Lands Day on September 25. It’s a chance to get out, volunteer and have fun at parks, beaches and open spaces in your community.
Posted by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services on September 24, 2010
Six months ago, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, the historic health care law which makes affordable coverage and preventive services a top priority.
Posted by The United We Serve Team on September 24, 2010
It’s time for us to rally around our parks and playgrounds. Every child has the right to a safe, well-maintained, inspiring place to play, and with a little elbow grease and community energy, we can improve our play spaces, strengthen our neighborhoods, and ensure the happiness and health of our children. A simple enhancement project can go a long way.
Posted by Kori Schulman on September 23, 2010
Based on data from the President's Challenge website, we bring you the most popular activities that kids and families are doing around the country. From Martial Arts to Household tasks, learn what other people are doing to stay active and sign up to join The President's Challenge today.
Posted by Sam Kass, Assistant Chef and Policy Adviser for Healthy Food Initiatives on September 22, 2010
Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) announced a partnership with All-Clad and several kitchen equipment retailers that will help get schools and chefs started by providing them free cookware kits.
Posted by Joe Elton, Director of the Virginia State Parks and President of the National Association of State Park Directors on September 22, 2010
I’ve spent a lot of personal time exploring the incredible system of America’s State Parks.  Without exception, the moment I can remember from each visit is when I meet a fellow explorer who is experiencing a park for the first time.
Posted by Russell Martin, Federal Aviation Administration, Salt Lake City Network Enterprise Management Center on September 18, 2010
As part of the Federal Executive Leadership Program, I was inspired to host a Let’s Move! Meetup in Salt Lake City. The leadership program, held in Richmond, VA, was aimed at developing skills to assume positions as team leaders, supervisors, and managers. I couldn’t think of a better way to test out what I had learned than through Let’s Move!, Michelle Obama’s initiative to end childhood obesity within a generation.
Posted by Robin Schepper, Executive Director of Let's Move! on September 16, 2010
Let me introduce myself. My name is Robin and I'm the new Executive Director of Let's Move! Today we sent our first newsletter -- we'll send these regularly so that you know what's happening with Let's Move! and so that we can share some of the great work that's happening around the country. Sign up to get updates like this one delivered to your inbox here.
Posted by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services on September 15, 2010
We are proud to announce the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award Challenge! The good news is: winning an award isn’t hard. You don’t have to be able to do a back flip like Dominique Dawes or a triple Axel like Michelle Kwan. You don’t have to dunk a basketball like Grant Hill.
Posted by Dominique Dawes, Co-Chair, President’s Council on Fitness Sports & Nutrition on September 15, 2010
Yesterday was the first meeting of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition and it went great! We finally had an opportunity to come together and share our goals and visions for the Council with our Executive Director Shellie Pfohl.