The Indian Health Service’s Zuni Comprehensive Community Health Center has become the first hospital in New Mexico to become Baby-Friendly certified. This means that nearly half of all IHS hospitals that currently perform deliveries have become “Baby-Friendly.” Nationally, fewer than 6% of all U.S. hospitals are Baby-Friendly designated, and the only Baby-Friendly hospitals in Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, North Dakota, and South Dakota are all IHS hospitals.
Community partners in Adams County, Idaho offer a picture-perfect illustration of how local groups can collaborate and adapt a national program to help parents and children learn to make healthy choices. The Adams County Health Center (a Federally-Qualified Health Center) is working with several other area partners to engage families in the National Institutes of Health’s We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition)® program.
Earlier this year, the First Lady joined the Partnership for a Healthier America to launch a new effort to encourage people to drink more water. Drink Up is a nationwide effort to inspire Americans to drink more water. And the City of Columbus is taking the First Lady’s message to heart.
With winter just around the corner, spend time with your kids in the kitchen trying out these recipes inspired by MyPlate to keep your family healthy and happy this season. MyPlate recipes use delicious foods to create healthy meals, encourage people to eat the right portion sizes, and limit the amount of added sugar and saturated fats.
Congratulations to GSA Child Care Centers for meeting the goals of the Let’s Move! Child Care Challenge. Part of the work we do at GSA is helping to build a stronger community. One way we have done that is through our network of 106 child care centers that recently partnered with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Child Care initiative to work on making every day changes toward a healthy lifestyle for our kids.
I just spent the morning calling people who had applied to receive a USDA Farm to School grant. They were fun calls to make as I was letting this year’s awardees know their project had been selected for funding.
Sam Kass Delivers Remarks on Let’s Move! at the American Heart Association’s Annual Scientific Sessions
Yesterday, Executive Director of Let’s Move! Sam Kass was a featured speaker during the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Scientific Sessions 2013 in Dallas, Texas. Kass spoke during a plenary session entitled “Solving the Obesity/Type 2 Diabetes Epidemic: The Role of Physical Activity/Exercise.” The plenary session was part of the “Global Congress on Physical Activity,” one of twenty six tracks the AHA offered to attendees during the five-day conference.
As Let’s Move! approaches its fourth year, First Lady Michelle Obama discussed how the initiative is changing the way kids eat and stay active in the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) November edition of their publication, The Nation’s Health. The publication was disseminated at the National APHA Conference in early November and has more than 24,000 print readers (public health professionals, Members of Congress, subscribers, and the media); 50,000 online readers; 13,000 visits per month to the website; approximately 250,000 Twitter followers.
Everyone has a role to play in preventing childhood obesity, including local elected officials who serve as leaders in adopting policies or making environmental changes so children in their communities reach their full potential and live healthy lives.
Tuesday afternoon, leaders from the Indian Health Service (IHS) and the Notah Begay III Foundation (NB3F) met at the White House to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize a partnership in support of Let’s Move! in Indian Country. The two organizations will jointly work to curb and prevent childhood obesity in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.