Let's Move Outside
The U.S. Forest Service has put together an online resource to help you find when the fall colors will be best at a forest near you!
Visit the 2012 Fall Colors website or call the toll-free Fall Colors Hotline at 1-800-354-4595 to help you plan your next trip to America’s great outdoors.
Editor's note: National wildlife refuges provide habitat for more than 700 species of birds, 220 species of mammals, 250 reptile and amphibian species and more than 1,000 species of fish. More than 280 threatened or endangered plants or animals are protected on wildlife refuges. Each year, millions of migrating birds use refuges as stepping stones while they fly thousands of miles between their summer and winter homes.
In late September, the National Park Service and several partner organizations launched Healthy Parks Healthy People Greater Washington Area, a new initiative to promote the many health benefits of time in nature, and to connect DC area kids and families to the parks and green spaces in their communities.
Tomorrow, more than 170,000 people across the country are expected to celebrate National Public Lands Day – America’s largest, single-day, outdoor volunteer effort. More than 2,000 public land and water sites across the country will offer FREE admission to volunteers who give a few hours of their time to help improve and restore outdoor spaces.
With the hottest months now behind us, fall is a perfect time to take advantage of sunshine, cooler temperatures, and stunning scenery. This Saturday, September 29, you can show your appreciation for the great outdoors by taking part in National Public Lands Day. There are a couple of ways you can get involved:
Ed. note: This is cross-posted from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Ed note: This guest post was provided by Dara Torres, who competed in five Olympic games and won 12 medals for Team USA.
My daughter Tessa and I really had such an amazing experience traveling to London together for the first week of the Olympics. Although I was hoping to be there as an athlete (having just missed making the team by nine one hundredths of a second), it was still fun to be there as a spectator.
When we talk about all the wonderful things we did over there, the one thing that stands out in both our minds was the Let's Move event put on by the First Lady and Nickelodeon.
Ed. Note: This article was first published on Whitehouse.gov
Go behind the scenes with First Lady Michelle Obama and members of Team USA past and present, as they join military kids and 2,000 American military children and American and British students at Let’s Move! London, an event held to spread the spirit of the Olympic Games in London.
And make sure to check out the Storify gallery we put together of the great tweets from people who were at the event in London with the First Lady, which is included below:
As we watch and are inspired by Team USA's 2012 Olympic results in London, we can all take a cue from our team and strive to live a little more like athletes ourselves. A nutritious diet and regular physical activity are the building blocks to peak performance. This summer, MyPlate and Let’s Move! are encouraging Americans to make healthier eating choices and include physical activity into their daily routine to support Team USA and celebrate the Olympic Games.
ChooseMyPlate.gov can help answer your questions about nutrition, weight management, physical activity, food safety, and building healthier meals. The website can help you make daily food decisions by providing information about food groups and portions sizes, and offering simple recipes that reflect the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 recommendations. We encourage you to check out the 10 Tips Nutrition Education Series. Topics include “Eating Better on a Budget,” “Healthy Eating for Vegetarians,” and many more.
First Lady Michelle Obama is leading the U.S. Delegation to the 2012 Olympic Games and she’s calling on families around the country to support Team USA, not just by cheering on our athletes, but by getting active in their own communities.
Saturday, July 28th is the first day of the competition in London. We're calling on families around the country to join us by participating in “Olympics-inspired” Meetups in your towns or neighborhoods.