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Posted by Judy Baker, Regional Director for Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri on March 17, 2011
At the request of Mayor Carson Ross, the Blue Springs, Missouri City Council unanimously passed a resolution of commitment on March 7 supporting the Let’s Move! initiative. Blue Springs will tackle preventing childhood obesity from multiple angles, focusing on involvement of diverse segments in the community, collaboration, and measurable results. Many community partners, such as the school district, local hospital, YMCA, and the fire department have signed letters of commitment to the initiative.
Posted by Dennis Michael, Mayor of Rancho Cucamonga, CA on March 15, 2011
Our City of Rancho Cucamonga, California is located in the largest county in the contiguous United States and the fourth most obese. The county has the highest death rate from heart disease and the ninth highest death rate from diabetes. The county, moreover, has the state’s worst access to healthy food with six times as many unhealthy food retail outlets as healthy ones. Two out of every three residents are considered obese or overweight and three out of every four school children do not meet fitness standards. 
Posted by Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey on March 15, 2011
On February 16th, President Obama announced the release of the America’s Great Outdoors Report. The report lays out a conservation and recreation agenda for the 21st century, which was created with and for the American people. As a result of 21 youth listening sessions, we heard loud and clear that access is one of the biggest barriers in providing urban youth the opportunity to recreate and have fun in the outdoors.
Posted by Annie Ceccarini, Outreach Coordinator, The People’s Garden Initiative on March 15, 2011
Last month USDA facilitated a school garden design session and since that time, landscape architects Matt Arnn and Bob Snieckus have been working hard to incorporate parent, teacher and student ideas into an ideal plan that would transform the large expanse of asphalt at Powell Elementary School in Washington, DC into a People’s Garden.
Posted by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on March 9, 2011
We know that to win the future, we have to ensure that our kids have access to nutritious meals and healthy lifestyles. Last September, First Lady Michelle Obama launched the Recipes for Healthy Kids competition to bring together chefs, school nutrition professionals, students and parents who work in teams to develop nutritious, delicious, kid-approved recipes for use in schools.
Posted by Judy Baker, HHS Regional Director for Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, & Nebraska on March 7, 2011
Dozens of St. Louis elementary school students kicked off the second year of Let’s Move! with a dancing, stretching, and stepping celebration at Ford Community Education and Full Service School.
Posted by James Arena-DeRosa, Regional Administrator for USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service on March 4, 2011
After a cold and snowy month of school closings, the sun shone on February 10, just in time to present eight elementary schools in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, with Bronze awards in the HealthierUS School Challenge.
Posted by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on March 3, 2011
In the President’s recent State of Union Address, he spoke candidly about winning the future. I can’t think of a better way to achieve that than by ensuring our Nation’s children are provided a healthy school environment to learn, grow and thrive.
Posted by Robin Schepper, Executive Director of Let’s Move! on March 1, 2011
Let’s Move! online is expanding! Recently, we created a twitter account that will allow followers to get updates about the First Lady’s initiative to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. Follow us at www.twitter.com/letsmove. Following us on twitter will let you get direct links to posts on this blog when they go up and resources for being active on these issues in your family and community.
Posted by Levi Horn, Professional Football Player for the Chicago Bears on March 1, 2011
Earlier this month, I had the great privilege of introducing the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) to over 40,000 students at Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools. With BIE Deputy Director Bart Stevens, I visited the National Indian Programs Training Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico to make this announcement through ELKNet – a satellite broadcast system that reaches all 183 BIE schools. Bart and I were joined by Sam McCracken from NikeN7 – Nike’s foundation to promote sports and physical activity among Native American and Aboriginal communities.
Posted by Robert Robertson, Playworks Program Coordinator, AmeriCorps member on February 28, 2011
There are a lot of people talking about how to get kids physically active. Too often the conversation is about how kids can get more exercise, which conjures up images of kids running laps or doing push-ups. The key to changing habits is to tap into what kids already love to do: They love to play.
Posted by Mike Lingenfelter, DC United Coach on February 25, 2011
During the 2010 season, United Soccer Club (USC) succeeded in getting urban Washington D.C. youth moving through soccer and living healthier lifestyles, while also making a connection to the environment. United Soccer Club is the signature program of United for D.C., the charitable arm of D.C United. The club was born out of a request from parents in the Ward 8 neighborhood of Washington D.C. They noted that while D.C. United’s soccer stadium was just minutes away, their children did not have access to learn or play the sport. Spawned from that request, United Soccer Club began teaching the game of soccer and important life skills to approximately 60 youth in 2007. Since that time the program has expanded to include over 700 youth throughout 12 sites around the city.
Posted by Jaime Torres, HHS Regional Director for New York and New Jersey & April Velasco, Acting Regional Health Administrator on February 25, 2011
We are delighted to report that a recent celebration of the first anniversary of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Initiative in New York City, was a tremendous success!
Posted by Melisa Di Tano, Food and Nutrition Service, Western Region Nutritionist, U.S. Department of Agriculture on February 24, 2011
When First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the School Nutrition Association last year to promote her recently launched Let’s Move! Initiative, she mentioned Anji Baumann by name. Why? Anji was the first Food Service Director in the nation whose school, Gooding Elementary School, had achieved the HealthierUS School Challenge Gold of Distinction Award.
Posted by Herb K. Schultz, HHS Region IX Director (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and the Pacific Islands) on February 19, 2011
California's capitol city of Sacramento was the backdrop on February 8th for an exceptional and lively morning celebration on the one-year anniversary of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let's Move! Initiative.