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Posted by Dr. Alan B. Coleman, Councilmember, Beaumont, TX on February 10, 2014
The City of Beaumont, Texas recently became the first Let’s Move! city, town or county to earn gold medals in all five goals of Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC). Beaumont ranks first among over 400 communities participating in LMCTC. As Beaumont’s Councilmember, I am incredibly proud of our City’s accomplishments and we recently had the opportunity to showcase our success at the National League of Cities’ Congress of Cities conference. Beaumont is an example of how city government, the school district, hospitals, non-profits and the private sector can work together to help our most valuable asset - our children.
Posted by Elyse Cohen, Deputy Director, Let’s Move! on February 9, 2014
Four years ago, First Lady Michelle Obama launched a national movement, Let’s Move!, to create a healthier future for kids and families. Four years later, Let’s Move! has moved a nation in a healthier direction, and this nation is on the move. This healthier movement is becoming the new norm, and it is happening all over the country. From child care centers through high school and after school, from sun up to sun down, the country is moving faster every day towards a healthier future. Over the last four years, Let’s Move! has worked to create more opportunities for physical activity and to improve the overall quality of school meals. Across the nation, communities have gained access to healthy and affordable food, and families have gained the information needed to make more nutritional choices. Businesses are marketing healthier foods to kids, and consumer demand is shifting toward healthier products.  
Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director, Let’s Move! on February 7, 2014
Today kicks off the 22nd Winter Olympic Games, and athletes from all across the globe are getting ready to compete in the sports they love. Two years ago, First Lady Michelle Obama led the U.S. Presidential Delegation to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. While she was in London, Mrs. Obama joined current and former Olympic athletes along with American and British kids to celebrate the spirit of the Games through Let's Move! London. The First Lady participated in fun activities from soccer and tug of war to ladder hurdles with the kids and Olympians, and she reminded everyone about the importance of staying active and eating healthy, and most importantly to have fun doing it!  
Posted by Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director, President’s Council on Fitness, Sport & Nutrition on February 5, 2014
Ed. Note: This blog was originally posted on the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition's website: www.fitness.gov. To view the full post, click here. Today, people from all 50 states will celebrate the 28th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day. This year’s theme, “Passing the Torch, Blazing the Trail,” is particularly pertinent because we are two days away from the Opening Ceremonies of the Sochi Olympics. More than 100 of our 230 winter Olympians traveling to Sochi are females; in London in 2012, the U.S. sent more female than male athletes to participate in the Games. In fact, many referred to London 2012 as “the Women’s Olympics,” because it was the first time that women competed in all of the same sports as men, for 302 total medal events.
Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director, Let’s Move! on February 3, 2014
This month marks the fourth anniversary of Let’s Move! As we gear up to celebrate the anniversary with events and new announcements, the Let’s Move! team took a moment to look back at the last year. Here’s what we thought were our most memorable moments. What do you think? Share your favorite Let’s Move! moments with us through Twitter and  Facebook using #LetsMove. Drumroll please…
Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director, Let’s Move! on February 2, 2014
Add some furry friends to your Super Bowl party! Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl – in its tenth year airing on Super Bowl Sunday – found some new coaches for the shelter and rescue pups for this year's big game: First Lady Michelle Obama and First Dogs Bo and Sunny. In order to prepare for the Puppy Bowl, Bo, Sunny, and local DC students encouraged the pups to keep moving as they practiced tire and tackle drills and played fetch with them. The First Lady reminded everyone that playing with your pet is a great way to get active. She even joined in for a touchdown dance to celebrate with the students and puppies.
Posted by T. Morgan Dixon, Founder and Director, GirlTrek on January 31, 2014
Let’s Move! Faith and Communities was launched to help faith-based and neighborhood organizations promote healthy living for children and communities.  GirlTrek, a nonprofit organization that inspires and supports African-American women and girls to live their healthiest, most fulfilled lives - simply by walking - is one of the organizations that works to address the problems that lead to childhood obesity.
Posted by AJ Pearlman, Associate Director for Policy, Let’s Move! on January 30, 2014
It may still be cold outside, but it doesn’t mean you can’t start thinking about your spring garden. Whether you’re planning a school garden or have the perfect plot of land in your backyard, Let’s Move! has all the tools you need to get started! Gardening not only stocks your kitchen with all-natural fruits and veggies rich with nutrients, it can be a great way to give your kids a hands-on lesson in healthy eating.
Posted by Melissa Heintz, Public Affairs Specialist, Institute of Museum and Library Services on January 29, 2014
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to hibernate! The National Museum of Play, part of The Strong in Rochester, NY, is making sure kids are moving through the winter months. Throughout the holiday break in December the museum had a week of fun of Let’s Move!-themed activities that encouraged kids to stay active. More than 30,000 guests visited the museum during the period. Kids worked up a sweat and learned about being healthy with activities through interactive exhibits at the museum.
Posted by AJ Pearlman, Associate Director for Policy, Let’s Move! on January 28, 2014
Before she was First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Obama was a Harvard Law student as well as a member of the school’s Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. In Harvard Law Bulletin’s winter edition, the First Lady discusses her work with Let’s Move! and reflects on how her time at Harvard Law has influenced her career since graduating in 1988.
Posted by Jayne Greenberg, PCFSN member & District Director of Physical Education and Healthy Literacy for Miami-Dade County Public Schools on January 27, 2014
Ed. Note: This blog was originally posted on the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition's website: www.fitness.gov. To view the full post, click here. An ultimate goal for parents, school administrators, and community leaders is to foster healthy environments that enable the next generation to reach their greatest potential. This includes providing them with opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed both in the classroom and in life.
Posted by Elyse Cohen, Deputy Director, Let’s Move! on January 23, 2014
Today, First Lady Michelle Obama visited a local SUBWAY to announce a three-year commitment between SUBWAY restaurants and the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) to promote healthier choices to kids, which will include the launch of the restaurant chain’s largest kid-focused marketing campaign to date. In addition, SUBWAY will set and implement new marketing standards to kids and strengthen its already-nutritious children’s menu offerings.
Posted by Elyse Cohen, Deputy Director, Let’s Move! on January 21, 2014
Last week, the Miami Heat visited the White House to celebrate their 2013 Championship win. Rumor had it, during their visit, they teamed up with the First Lady in support of Let’s Move! to highlight the importance of eating healthy and drinking water to perform like a champion.
Posted by Otto Porter, NBA FIT Team member and Washington Wizards forward on January 17, 2014
Ed. Note: This blog was originally posted on www.fitness.gov. To view the full post, click here. To kick off the New Year, the National Basketball Association (NBA) teamed up with celebrity chefs, community members, and partners to tipoff the 2014 NBA FIT Live Healthy Week. Throughout the week, the NBA family—led by the NBA FIT Team—highlighted the importance of healthy living by being active, eating healthy, and playing together.
Posted by Elyse Cohen, Deputy Director, Let’s Move! on January 15, 2014
Yesterday, the Miami Heat made their way to our Nation’s Capital for their official White House visit to celebrate their 2013 NBA Championship title. Before meeting with the President, some of the Miami Heat players also spent time with First Lady Michelle Obama to work on a project to promote eating healthy and drinking water as part of Let’s Move! Because, when it comes to knowing about the importance of eating healthy to perform at your best, these guys know the drill.