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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.
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.