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Posted on December 13, 2010
This morning, President Obama will sign the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 -- a major step forward in our nation’s effort to provide all children with healthy food in schools. Watch the bill signing and remarks by the President and the First Lady right here on LetsMove.gov.
Posted by Ali Kelley, Special Assistant to the Director, National Park Service on December 9, 2010
In New Bedford, Massachusetts a group of teenagers is putting its passion for the outdoors into music, using catchy beats and smooth moves to persuade other young people to get moving outside. As part of the Youth Ambassador Program (YAP!) at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, these young people – the “Yappers” is their recording name – share their experiences learning about and exploring their city through creative media. In their latest music video, inspired by the First Lady’s Let’s Move Outside initiative, the Yappers call upon their peers to get up, and get going: “Don’t be a couch potato; just get up off your feet. Go play a game or two and keep on rocking to this beat!”
Posted by By Robin Schepper, Executive Director, Let’s Move! on December 7, 2010
Last week, I had the opportunity to meet with the sports and recreation community to talk about how we can work together to help kids be more physically active. Everyone has a role to play in reducing childhood obesity and members of the sports and recreation community, including sports leagues, governing bodies, equipment and manufacturing companies, athletes and non-profit organizations serving children, are uniquely positioned to help children get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day.
Posted by Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan on December 7, 2010
Question: What are those giant clear caterpillar looking things in the White House garden?
Posted by Stephanie Marshall, Communications Director of Let's Move! on December 3, 2010
After a year of speeches and outreach, the First Lady’s signature issue of providing children with healthy food in schools was advanced today with passage of the “The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.”
Posted by Howard K. Koh, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Secretary for Health on December 3, 2010
Today, HHS launched the latest version of the historic Healthy People initiative ─ a comprehensive national health promotion and disease prevention agenda for the next decade.
Posted by Robin Schepper, Executive Director of Let's Move! on December 3, 2010
First Lady Michelle Obama traveled to Harlem, NYC to check out an innovative partnership between a local elementary school and the Police Athletic League (PAL). I knew we were close to our destination when I saw throngs of people outside on the streets waving at our cars. Entering the Police Athletic League’s Harlem Center, we saw 75 kids in matching t-shirts waiting for us. The First Lady's visit was a surprise and we heard screams of delight as she entered the gym.
Posted by Beata Okulska, Executive Director, KEEN Greater DC on December 1, 2010
On November 29, 2010 President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama congratulated 18 athletes from the KEEN Greater DC affiliate of Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) and 39 students from Maury Elementary School for earning their Presidential Active Lifestyle Awards (PALAs) at a special gathering at the White House.
Posted by Joshua DuBois, Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships on December 1, 2010
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of joining First Lady Michelle Obama as she launched the newest effort within the Let’s Move! initiative, Let’s Move Faith and Communities. Let’s Move! is the First Lady’s initiative to solve the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation. We launched this special effort in a conference call with over 4,500 people, including faith-based and community leaders representing more than 50 organizations that have already committed to Let’s Move Faith and Communities.
Posted by Robin Schepper, Executive Director of Let's Move! on November 30, 2010
First Lady Michelle Obama visited Riverside Elementary in Miami, Florida last week to announce Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools, a collaboration with the Fruit and Vegetable Alliance, the Food, Family and Farming Foundation and the United Fresh Produce Association to bring 6000 salad bars to schools over the next three years.
Posted by Robin Schepper, Executive Director of Let's Move! on November 30, 2010
In late October, Mayor Corey Booker announced Let’s Move Newark! a city-wide effort to bring together business, non-profits, schools, and health care groups to develop a plan to combat childhood obesity by 2030. The Mayor recommended that the First Lady visit a local school that is using innovating programs to get students eating healthier and getting more exercise.
Posted by Ben Duda, Senior Program Manager, Advocacy and Policy KaBOOM! on November 30, 2010
A unique concept combining nutrition with improving play and exercise opportunities for children recently earned recognition from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.
Posted by Grace Lee, Executive Director, National Park Trust on November 17, 2010
There’s just something about him—six feet tall, big bright eyes, covered in brown fur. Everywhere he goes, Buddy Bison is surrounded by a swarm of kids, wanting to play with him and learn more about the Great Outdoors. In national and state parks across the country, our mascot Buddy Bison is getting kids excited about moving outside – and teaching them important lessons about what outdoor activity means for their health.
Posted by Lauren Marchetti, Director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School on November 17, 2010
As an incredible Walk to School Month comes to an end, a record-breaking number of communities – over 3,500 – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico celebrated an active trip to school in October 2010. The challenge - and opportunity - for all American families is to continue that excitement and focus on getting out and moving more each day, every day. Not just during the official month of celebration.
Posted by Rebecca Frank, USDA New Media Content Specialist on November 9, 2010
In the ongoing fight against childhood obesity, First Lady Michelle Obama started the Let’s Move! campaign to help children be more physically fit and conscious of the food they eat. To help promote this initiative, employees from USDA and other federal agencies recently teamed up with the local non-profit Horton’s Kids, an organization recognized for its programs aiming to improve the lives of Washington, D.C. kids.