Ed. Note: This is a cross post from the blog of fitness.gov. You can find the original post here.
May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month! President Obama has encouraged the nation to engage in regular physical activity and sport participation this month and we can’t wait to see how everyone rises up to this challenge. There are so many fun ways to get and stay active:
This week, First Lady Michelle Obama joined U.S. Olympians, Paralympians, and Rio hopefuls at the U.S. Olympic Committee’s 100 Day Countdown event in Times Square to announce nationwide commitments to get nearly two million American children active as part of Let’s Move!.
Burke County Public Schools had the honor of hosting First Lady Michelle Obama as part of her American Garden Tour. Speaking on behalf of our district, we were both ecstatic and honored to share with Mrs. Obama just a small piece of what we do every day here in Burke County. As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), there is no greater calling in life than to be able to teach children to live a healthier life, and it is so exciting to have a First Lady who shares the same passion as we do.
During National Park Week, April 16 – 24, First Lady Michelle Obama is encouraging all Americans to #FindYourPark and extending a special invitation to 4th graders and their families to discover everything that our natural, historic and cultural treasures have to offer through the President’s Every Kid in a Park initiative.
Last month, the First Family hosted over 35,000 people from across the country to participate in fun and games on the South Lawn during the White House Easter Egg Roll. The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition teamed up with the First Lady to highlight the progress of her Let’s Move! initiative and to encourage more kids and families to lead healthy, active lifestyles.
On the heels of the eighth annual planting of the White House Kitchen Garden, the First Lady set out to visit other gardens across the country. This year, as part of her American Garden Tour, Mrs. Obama is highlighting the impact and benefits of diverse gardens throughout the nation, including gardens in backyards and communities, at schools, and even in less conventional places like space.
As part of the annual Spring Garden Tours, the White House will open the South Lawn this weekend on Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 for visitors to check out the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, the Rose Garden, and Let’s Move!’s favorite, the White House Kitchen Garden.
Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama was joined by students from across the country as well as NASA representatives, including astronaut Cady Coleman, to plant the White House Kitchen Garden for the eighth year in a row and final time as First Lady. In 2009, Mrs. Obama first planted the garden to initiate a conversation about the health and wellbeing of our country, which then evolved into the Let’s Move! initiative.
Today marks the 138th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. It’s an exciting day when more than 35,000 people from across the country come to the South Lawn to participate in the event.
Over the past six years, Let’s Move!’s mission has been to help kids and families lead healthier lives. We’ve been working to create healthier environments in schools across the country and to provide better information to parents to make healthy choices for their families. For National Nutrition Month this March, we celebrate the progress and encourage continued support for healthier kids and families.