Let's Move Outside
This January marked the fourth annual Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month (LSSM). The month-long effort aims to get children and adults of all experience levels on the slopes for an active start to the New Year. LSSM began in 2009 with a few select programs and has since grown to include more than 300 ski resorts in 33 states. Throughout the month of January, these resorts provided introductory ski and snowboard lessons to more than 80,000 children and adults across the country for free or at a reduced price.
Recess is often a child’s favorite part of the school day, but it is also one of the most fundamental venues for children to learn the healthy habits of physical activity that help to minimize the likelihood of childhood and adult obesity, as well as its related health risks. Many children living with physical and developmental challenges may not have the same opportunities for physical activity as their peers. Dreams for Kids changes that by giving children with physical and developmental challenges the opportunity to participate in the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Campaign though their Extreme Recess Program.
This year, more than 26,000 young people and their families experienced the joys of outdoor activity as part of The North Face’s Explore Your Parks (EYP) program. Founded in 2010, the EYP program provides opportunities for active adventures and outdoor education in state parks by hosting free events, creating and distributing regional activity guides, and giving away free day passes that can be used at more than 6,000 parks across the country.
Imagine taking a challenging three-hour hike, snowshoeing through the forest, or biking ten miles through woods and wetlands on a rail trail; most people would love to spend a weekend doing just one of these activities. The students at the grades 7 & 8 Worcester East Middle School in Worcester, Massachusetts have been going on these trips and more all throughout the school year!
More than 45 children from four West Virginia schools enjoyed a day of fishing at the USGS Leetown Science Center.
Like all members of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, I care a lot about my health. I do my best to eat right and continually set goals for myself. Sometimes it’s as simple as taking a walk after dinner. Other times, it’s climbing a mountain, like my journey this summer to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. I spent seven days walking up the mountain in Tanzania – all at a steep grade while carrying a backpack. It was the most physically challenging thing I have ever done...and I loved it.
First Lady Michelle Obama leads a group of 400 local children on the South Lawn of the White House to help break the Guinness World Records title for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period, Oct. 11, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)