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Posted by Kareem Dale, Special Assistant to the President in the White House Office of Public Engagement on February 17, 2011
In its first year, Let’s Move! taught us to pay attention to what we eat. We’ve learned that choosing a bowl of whole-grain cereal with non-fat milk over cheesy biscuits and bacon is a great way to kick off a healthy, energized day. We’ve realized that many times we are offered portions that are bigger than necessary, and we’ve tested delicious, perfectly-proportioned recipes to make at home. And, with the release of 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans last month, we were reminded that consuming less sodium, fats, added sugars and refined grains is essential to a healthy lifestyle. But, for millions of blind or visually impaired Americans, reading the nutrition information and cooking directions printed on the boxes, cans, jars, bottles and bags at the grocery store has been all but impossible---at least it was before the launch of directionsforme last month.
Posted by Alexia Kelley, Deputy Director at the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships on February 16, 2011
Leadership and great cookies are usually among the first things that come to mind when you think about the Girl Scouts, but last week at Johns Hopkins University’s DC campus, healthy eating, fitness and exercise were the focus of a lively town hall co-hosted by the Girl Scouts of the USA and Kraft Foods, celebrating the first birthday of Let’s Move!
Posted by Christie L. Hager, HHS Regional Director for Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Rhode Island on February 16, 2011
On February 8th, I raised my butternut squash banana smoothie to Mayor Dale Pregent and Keene, New Hampshire on a snowy New England day, in celebration of the one-year anniversary of Let's Move!. Community health, spirit, and pride were front and center at the community recreation center in this town of just 22,000, between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Posted by Kacie O'Brien, MHS, Associate Program Specialist, Food and Nutrition Service, Western Region Special Nutrition Programs, USDA on February 15, 2011
On a sunny October morning at Columbia School in El Monte, California, Allen Ng, our Regional Administrator at the USDA Food and Nutrition Service presented El Monte City School District with the first HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) Awards in California since the Challenge joined the Let’s Move! initiative one year ago.
Posted by Robin Schepper, Executive Director of the Let's Move! on February 15, 2011
Last week was the first anniversary of Let's Move!, a comprehensive initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama that is dedicated to solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. You may have seen our post last week that included a video of schoolchildren singing in honor of the First Lady’s visit and a review of her remarks at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia. We did a quick wrap-up video of all her travels around the anniversary. Check it out:
Posted by Susan Johnson, HHS Regional Director for Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska. on February 14, 2011
Spokane is ready to get moving in the fight against childhood obesity!
Posted by Anton Gunn, HHS Regional Director for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee on February 12, 2011
This Wednesday, I had the most exciting day yet in my service at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I attended and participated in First Lady Michelle Obama’s oneyear anniversary event for Let’s Move!, the campaign to solve the problem of child obesity in the next generation.
Posted by Deputy Under Secretary Janey Thornton, USDA FNCS on February 12, 2011
I had the distinct pleasure to join the White House Assistant Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiative Sam Kass, to participate in a unique Chefs Move to Schools event at Edgewater High School Auditorium, Orlando, Fla., in celebration of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative.
Posted by Dr. James Galloway, Acting HHS Regional Director and HHS Regional Health Administrator for Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin on February 11, 2011
What began as a peaceful Lets Move! one-year anniversary celebration at Namaste School, with daily yoga, soon changed to energetic cheers and jumps, as Benny the Bull, mascot of NBA’s Chicago Bulls, and USDA’s Power Panther, led 2nd-7th graders in chants and exercises, as the School received the HealthierUS School Challenge’s Gold of Distinction award.
Posted by Under Secretary Kevin Concannon, USDA Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services on February 11, 2011
It has been one year since First Lady Michelle Obama kicked off her Let’s Move! initiative with the goal to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. The anniversary calls for a time to reflect on its vast contributions, but to also continue the important momentum.
Posted by Joshua DuBois, Special Assistant to the President and Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships on February 11, 2011
Commentary from Joshua Dubois, Special Assistant to the President and Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, on the one year anniversary of Let's Move!One year ago, I watched as First Lady Michelle Obama announced her Let’s Move! initiative at the White House. With much of the nation digging out from monumental snow storms and record low temperatures, the idea of exercising and eating healthy foods was the furthest from many of our minds at the time. Yet, Mrs. Obama challenged all of us to do more, she challenged us by saying, “Let’s Move!” This week, in Alpharetta, Georgia at North Point Community Church on the first anniversary of Let’s Move!, First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated the impact of parents and faith and community leaders across the country on efforts to improve children’s health through nutrition, and physical fitness.
Posted by Anton Gunn, HHS Regional Director for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee on February 11, 2011
Last Tuesday the City of Orlando celebrated the anniversary of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let's Move! Campaign with an incredible day full of events that was an unqualified success from all perspectives.
Posted by Joanne Corte Grossi, HHS Regional Director for Pennsylvania, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia on February 11, 2011
In honor of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! campaign, officials from the City of Bethlehem, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Education, Highmark Blue Shield and cheerleaders from the Philadelphia Eagles, along with students, parents, and teachers from Broughal Middle School, joined together on Friday, February 4, 2011 to celebrate the efforts undertaken by the city and school to promote physical activity and healthy food choices.
Posted by Ronna Bach, SNP Regional Director, FNS Western Region on February 10, 2011
The two most direct ways to get involved in the Summer Food Service Program in your community are to either become a sponsor or a feeding site. What’s the difference you may ask? Being a sponsor means acting as the organizer for Summer Food Service sites. Sponsors manage, train, supervise and monitor all food service activities and locations where children can eat. They also maintain paperwork and submit claims for reimbursement.
Posted by Jaime Mulligan, White House New Media Analyst for Public Health on February 10, 2011
Today, First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a major address focused on the efforts of the Let's Move! initiative to meet the needs of parents. Here are some excerpts from the speech, and you can watch also watch the full remarks below. On her experiences growing up: "My brother and I got pizza a few times a year – as a reward for good grades when report cards came out. No one in my family believed in eating out…especially not my grandmother. I will never forget the time when my brother and I begged her to get us takeout burgers and fries for lunch. We were shocked when she finally agreed. And as we sat excitedly waiting for our burgers to arrive…and I swear this is true…my grandmother brought out a can of peas. And, much to our horror, she promptly served us two scoops each. My grandma failed to grasp one of the key benefits of takeout for kids…and that was…no vegetables!"