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Posted by Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition on October 8, 2010
With all of the focus on promoting physical activity sometimes we forget that children don't always have a place to go. Throughout inner cities and other urban areas some children don't have access to playgrounds or other places to recreate.
Posted by Dr. Howard K. Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on October 7, 2010
Yesterday I joined a wonderful group of elementary school students, principals and school staff at Lincoln Park in Washington, DC to celebrate “International Walk to School Day”. Now in its 13th year, this one-day event was part of a global effort in more than 40 countries to recognize the many benefits of walking and bicycling to school and to encourage more families to get out of the car and onto their feet in October.
Posted by Ray LaHood, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation on October 6, 2010
Today, I had the good fortune of joining students from East Silver Spring Elementary School in Maryland as they walked and biked to school in celebration of International Walk to School Day. I want to thank Principal Morrow and the entire ESS community for welcoming me so enthusiastically.
Posted by Andrea Cernich on October 4, 2010
Getting our daily recommended physical activity (60 minutes/day for youth, 30 minutes/day for adults) is important – it’s important whether we live in the city, in the suburbs, or in a rural setting. It’s important whether we run fast or slow, whether we’re big, tall, short or small. And it’s important if we are able bodied or if we have a disability.
Posted by Andrea Cernich on October 4, 2010
Twenty years ago the neighborhood where Chicago's Eden Place Nature Center now sits lingered in pollution and lead poisoning caused by freight trains to the West, idling long hours next to their homes, and the Dan Ryan Expressway to the East, whose heavy volume of cars spewing leaded gas contributed to dense air and toxic soil for residents. Seeing residents become accustomed to the resulting health issues – including severe asthma and numerous tracheotomies, community activists decided the air pollution and illegal dumping on the vacant lots needed to stop.
Posted by Jon Jarvis, Director, National Park Service on September 30, 2010
Now that summer is over and school is back in full swing, kids have less free time - and more homework than they did a few months ago. Fun in the sun at the beach, playing kickball with friends, and riding bicycles around the neighborhood, have been replaced by jam-packed routines that can make even the hardiest little adventurers beg for a nap. But outdoor fun doesn’t have to end just because school work has begun!
Posted by Amanda Eamich, Director of Web Communications, USDA on September 29, 2010
Six months ago the Apps for Healthy Kids competition called upon Americans to design engaging online or mobile games and tools to educate people of all ages about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity. As part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, this challenge brought together solvers from across the Nation.
Posted by Aneesh Chopra, U.S. Chief Technology Officer on September 28, 2010
Suspense is building in advance of tomorrow’s highly anticipated awards ceremony for the “Apps for Healthy Kids” challenge, where the winners of $60,000 in prizes will be announced for newly created digital games and apps that best empower and inspire kids to eat healthy and get moving.
Posted by Kori Schulman on September 25, 2010
Today, the First Lady hosted a special event for the spouses of Chiefs of State and Heads of Government participating in the United Nations General Assembly at the Stone Barns Center, a non-profit farm and education center north of New York City.
Posted by Herb K. Schultz, Region IX Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on September 24, 2010
Last week, California took a huge step forward in support of the First Lady's Let's Move! campaign. A voice of 480 cities and towns, the California League of Cities voted as a general assembly at their annual conference to support unanimously the Let's Move Cities and Towns initiative. Now is the time for other cities and towns across the country to follow the example in California and join the battle to create healthy communities.
Posted by Team Illumination on September 24, 2010
Editors note: Organizing a meetup is a great way to get involved and support your community.  Below, a team of Federal employees share how they set up their first meetup. We are a team of six Federal employees enrolled in a 9-month long Executive Leadership Program (ELP). We come from different agencies, Department of Education, US Department of Agriculture, General Services Administration, Department of Energy, Federal Aviation Administration, and Department of Defense – Navy.  As part of ELP, we were tasked to come up with a team project that was designed around an issue or policy matter facing an agency, non-profit organization, or other entity.
Posted by and Julie Rodriguez, Director, Office of Youth in the Great Outdoors, U.S. Department of the Interior on September 24, 2010
Fall is the perfect time to get outside. Get moving into the new school year with National Public Lands Day on September 25. It’s a chance to get out, volunteer and have fun at parks, beaches and open spaces in your community.
Posted by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services on September 24, 2010
Six months ago, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, the historic health care law which makes affordable coverage and preventive services a top priority.
Posted by The United We Serve Team on September 24, 2010
It’s time for us to rally around our parks and playgrounds. Every child has the right to a safe, well-maintained, inspiring place to play, and with a little elbow grease and community energy, we can improve our play spaces, strengthen our neighborhoods, and ensure the happiness and health of our children. A simple enhancement project can go a long way.
Posted by Kori Schulman on September 23, 2010
Based on data from the President's Challenge website, we bring you the most popular activities that kids and families are doing around the country. From Martial Arts to Household tasks, learn what other people are doing to stay active and sign up to join The President's Challenge today.