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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.
Posted by Julia Eisman, HHS New Media Communications Director on November 5, 2010
Before this summer, Seattle’s High Point neighborhood had limited access to healthy food. Fresh fruits and vegetables were particularly hard for residents of this mixed income neighborhood to find close to home. In July, an organization of High Point residents decided to take action.
Posted by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood on November 4, 2010
In an interview with Grist last week, I talked about livable communities. And one of the central features of livability is that you can get where you need or want to go without having to get into your car. For many reasons--the hassle of congested roadways, the need to reduce carbon emissions, the desire for better health--that's what Americans have said they want.
Posted by Allyson Felix, Olympic Gold Medalist in Track and Field on November 3, 2010
I just got back from Atlanta, Georgia, where I had a blast at the Best Bones Forever! Weekend Jam. The Weekend Jam was held at the popular Lenox Square Mall, and invited tween and teen girls to celebrate their skeletons and have fun—truly, a Halloween party like no other!
Posted by Dave Noble, Director, Let's Move Cities and Towns on November 3, 2010
The Texas border-town of Brownsville became the newest member of the Let’s Move Cities & Towns initiative, when Mayor Ahumada signed a proclamation this September. His message was clear: “We believe every kid has the right to a healthy childhood . . . Are you with us? LET’S MOVE!”
Posted by Daphne Bradford, Mother Of Many Founder & Executive Director on November 1, 2010
It all began in 2008 when I saw how much fun students from Dorsey High School’s Culinary Arts Program had preparing healthy meals for election volunteers. As the founder and Executive Director of the non‐profit educational organization, Mother Of Many (M.O.M.), I decided to partner with Dorsey’s culinary instructor Erevetta Marzette in 2009 and created the student‐produced “Cooking Live With Dorsey High,” a WebTV healthy food series. Inspiring a move towards healthy cooking and eating seemed completely possible within one school. I never imagined, however, that Cooking Live with Dorsey High would bring rival high schools together in the spirit of “healthy eating!”
Posted by Chef Andrew Nowak, Slow Food Denver on November 1, 2010
On September 8th, twenty-three chefs made their way to nearly as many Denver schools to work with students in school gardens and in school cafeterias.
Posted by Dave Noble, Director of Let’s Move Cities and Towns on October 28, 2010
As the new Director of Let’s Move Cities and Towns, I am working with mayors and city councilors across the country to sign up new Let’s Move Cities and Towns, and support the ones who have signed up already as they work to create healthier communities.
Posted by Shirley Blakely, Ph.D., R.D., FDA Senior Nutrition Policy Advisor on October 26, 2010
Portion control is one of the keys to healthy eating. So, teach your kids about the relationship between serving sizes and calories.
Posted by Joseph Powers on October 25, 2010
Let’s Move! has certainly touched on a nerve in this country. And a good nerve it is. I just got finished teaching my 7th grade Health and Wellness class where we discussed Body Mass Index and calculated the BMI numbers for each student. When I asked the question, “Why should we know and keep track of our BMI?”, two answers stood out. One boy responded, “because we need to be aware of our bodies so we can help prevent conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and strokes.” Impressive for a 7th grader. The second answer was a fun one. His response was “because I think it is part of Let’s Move!”. People are listening. Even 7th grade boys from Washington Jesuit Academy.
Posted by Robin Schepper, Executive Director of the Let's Move! Initiative on October 22, 2010
The rain stopped and the sun came out just in time for the First Lady’s Fall 2010 Kitchen Garden Harvest. Joined by more than 25 students from Washington, DC’s Bancroft and Tubman Elementary Schools, the First Lady and several world-renowned chefs spent the afternoon in the White House garden digging up sweet potatoes, clipping herbs, picking tomatoes, and admiring the pumpkins before sitting down to enjoy a fresh salad from the garden.
Posted by Shirley Blakely, Ph.D., R.D., FDA Senior Nutrition Policy Advisor on October 22, 2010
No matter what you pack in your children’s lunches, you’ll score an ‘A’ if you do three things: As a parent, practice healthful eating yourself, involve your kids in food shopping and meal preparation, and enjoy at least one meal a day with your kids.
Posted by Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior on October 22, 2010
Many of us tend to think of our national parks as remote destinations – spectacular sites that require families to travel great lengths to enjoy. While some parks do meet this description (the main entrance to the Grand Canyon is 80 miles away from the nearest major airport!), there are many great national parks located near or in our major urban centers.
Posted by Billie Jean King, Member, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition on October 22, 2010
One of the highlights of my year is attending the Women’s Sports Foundation’s (WSF) Annual Salute to Women in Sports.  It is so inspiring to have over 60 Olympic and professional athletes gathered in one room.  Michelle Kwan (figure skating) and Allyson Felix (track & field), fellow members of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, were there.  Laila Ali (boxing), Gretchen Bleiler (snowboarding), Alana Nichols (Paralympic skiing and basketball), Jessica Mendoza (softball) and so many more.
Posted by Shirley Blakely, Ph.D., R.D., FDA Senior Nutrition Policy Advisor on October 22, 2010
A quick breakfast can be healthy if you look at it as the first piece of that day’s nutrition puzzle. Hot and cold breakfast cereals are fast and easy. Pair a bowl of oatmeal or cereal with low fat milk and banana slices or blueberries, and you’ve gotten the day off to a pretty good start.