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Posted by Kori Schulman on September 10, 2010
This week, the First Lady traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana to kick off the next phase her Let’s Move! initiative to raise a healthier generation of kids. In the morning, Mrs. Obama spoke to students and teachers at Brock Elementary, then she joined kids and NFL players for football drills at Woldenberg Park.
Posted by Kira Finkler, Deputy Commissioner, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on September 10, 2010
“Young people are happier and healthier when they experience the outdoors regularly,” said Reclamation Commissioner Michael Connor. The Bureau of Reclamation and the Catch a Special Thrill Foundation (C.A.S.T.) put on a series of fishing events for disabled children and their families so they can do just that - experience America’s great outdoors and have fun.
Posted by Kori Schulman on September 8, 2010
As children across the country begin a new school year, First Lady Michelle Obama kicked off the next phase of Let’s Move! – her initiative to solve the problem of childhood obesity in a generation – focusing today on improving children’s nutrition and physical fitness.
Posted by Dr. Janey Thornton, Deputy Under Secretary, USDA Food and Nutrition Service on September 7, 2010
Ending childhood obesity within a generation is the central goal of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative. We know achieving this goal requires all of us to work together – parents, teachers, schools, chefs, community leaders, Federal, State and local elected officials and our children – there’s a role for each of us to play.
Posted by Erin Edgerton on September 7, 2010
Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, affecting children across the nation and changing country’s overall health and wellness.  Building on the momentum of the Let’s Move! campaign and highlighting the steps that individuals, families and communities can take to address this issue, President Obama recently issued a proclamation making September 2010 National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.
Posted by Hakim Fobia, Agricultural Marketing Service Public Affairs Specialist on September 3, 2010
Have you ever wanted fresh, local produce but didn’t know how to find the nearest farmers market?  The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) makes it easy with the National Farmers Market search engine, which lists more than 6,100 markets across the nation.  Markets can be searched by name, city, zip code, and several other keyword fields.
Posted by FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. on August 25, 2010
Obesity puts people at greater risk for heart disease, strokes, and diabetes, among other serious health problems. But experience has shown that educating parents and children about nutrition can empower them make healthier choices about the food they consume, and help prevent them from suffering serious health problems. That’s why the FDA, alongside the First Lady and the Let’s Move! initiative, is committed to helping consumers get the information they need to make healthier choices.
Posted by Jon Jarvis, Director, National Park Service on August 19, 2010
On a trip to Alaska’s Denali National Park and Preserve last week, I was reminded of the rejuvenating power of crisp, mountain air. The Alaskan interior is just one of the many places in this country that keeps on inspiring people to go outside and get moving!
Posted by Julia Eisman, HHS New Media Communications Director on August 16, 2010
With summer vacation coming to a close, we asked you to tell us what you did to keep moving this summer by leaving a comment on the Let’s Move! Facebook page. And boy, have you been busy! From biking, to running, to rollerblading, to getting your hands dirty planting gardens – you’ve made the most of the longest days of the year. Here’s how some of our Facebook fans have been moving this summer...
Posted by Julia Eisman, HHS New Media Communications Director on August 12, 2010
To celebrate the remaining weeks of summer, we want to hear from you about how your family got moving this summer.
Posted by Sophia Solomon, White House Intern on August 11, 2010
This summer, hundreds of local DC children have been invited to the White House as part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! South Lawn Series—an event that focuses on educating and engaging children and their parents with creative, fun and easy ways to be healthy. The series is one of many programs included in First Lady’s comprehensive, community-oriented campaign to combat the problem of childhood obesity within a generation.
Posted by Erin Edgerton on August 7, 2010
Yesterday the First Lady released statement recognizing the Senate’s passage of the Child Nutrition Bill. This bipartisan legislation will bring fundamental changes to schools and improve the food options available to our children.
Posted by Sarah Alligood, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion on August 5, 2010
A little over one week remains in the Apps for Healthy Kids voting period, and so far, over 11,500 votes have been tallied. In addition, support for the initiative continues to amplify, with the number of supporters reaching nearly 30,000! Of the 95 games and tools in the application gallery, favorites are beginning to emerge, but there is still time to vote for the apps that you think are most deserving of the $4,500 Popular Choice Awards.
Posted by Dale Penny, President, Student Conservation Association (SCA) on August 5, 2010
Today, I had the honor of being awarded a Let's Move Outside Junior Ranger badge by four of our interns working with the National Park Service's Rivers & Trails Program. This summer, these young people are serving as Let’s Move Outside ambassadors for the National Park Service, engaging hundreds of elementary and middle school children in a range of healthy, outdoor activities at five different locations across the Northeastern United States.
Posted on August 2, 2010
Today the First Lady wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post on the importance of the Child Nutrition Bill. The groundbreaking legislation that will bring fundamental change to schools and improve food options for children.