The Washington County Health Department in Hagerstown, Maryland is actively working to promote Let’s Move! Child Care (LMCC) best practices among Head Start, faith-based, and private child care centers. Two providers—Rehoboth Learning Center and Hagerstown Community College Children’s Learning Center—have been particularly proactive in meeting the goals outlined in their action plans and successfully created healthier environments to help the children in their care thrive.
Rehoboth Learning Center in Williamsport, Maryland was already on the path to creating a healthier environment for its 95 children when it decided to tackle physical activity as an area of improvement. The Center now encourages teachers to spend 50-60 minutes each day outside engaging children in active play or inside engaging children in music and movement time. One year since creating an action plan, Rehoboth now incorporates active outside play time in the morning from 9:45 until 10:30 or 11 AM. Outside playtime is spent walking to the local park to play on the equipment or using the roped-off parking lot to play with hula hoops, jump ropes, Frisbees, or sidewalk chalk. Director Alice Johnson says that some of the kids just love to run around and chase each other. Also, with music and movement in the morning, playing All Aboard the Choo Choo Train, and outside active play time in the morning and afternoon, Rehoboth has reached the benchmark of dedicating 90 minutes a day to play! Rehoboth is also committed to parent education, distributing a monthly newsletter and highlighting LMCC to encourage parent to visit the LMCC website to find helpful ways to be healthy and active with their children. Rehoboth has also committed to being a partner for the upcoming Rethink Your Drink campaign and educating parents about sugar sweetened beverages.
I'm Happy to be outside!
At Hagerstown Community College Children’s Learning Center, a focus was placed on increasing parent awareness and education. HCCCLC provides care and meals for 75 children. Director Terry Kitchen wanted to jump start the health and wellness efforts and, with input from a newly formed wellness committee consisting of employees, a nutritionist, and parents, a wellness policy was drafted. Parent education about sugar sweetened beverages and strategies to reduce screen time were also included in the wellness policy. The HCCCLC is committed to serving family style meals and continues to work to offer healthy meals and engaging food experiences.
I See, I Smell, I Taste! Yum! Jicama Salad and Kiwi from "Eating the Alphabet" workshop at Hagerstown Community College Children's Learning Center in Hagerstown, MD.
For more tips and resources to help you implement your action plan, please visit the Let’s Move! Child Care Resources Page.
Across the country, families, communities, schools, businesses and organizations are working to move our nation toward a healthier new norm, and studies are showing that their efforts are paying off. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that obesity rates for preschool age children have declined by 43% over the past decade. This is great news!
“I couldn’t be more excited by the news that obesity rates for 2-5 year olds declined by 43% over the last 10 years. Progress of this magnitude can only be explained by the leadership and hard work we are seeing across this country,” Mrs. Obama said in a statement. “From parents to teachers, doctors to community leaders, everyone is stepping up to make small changes that are having a huge impact – and today, healthy habits are becoming the new norm for our kids. We have a long way to go, but I am more confident than ever that we can give all our children the bright, healthy futures they deserve.”
First Lady Michelle Obama joins children for a healthy snack during a "Let's Move!" event at La Petite Academy child care center in Bowie, Md., Feb. 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
“We continue to see signs that, for some children in this country, the scales are tipping. This report comes on the heels of previous CDC data that found a significant decline in obesity prevalence among low-income children aged 2 to 4 years participating in federal nutrition programs,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “We’ve also seen signs from communities around the country with obesity prevention programs including Anchorage, Alaska, Philadelphia, New York City and King County, Washington. This confirms that at least for kids, we can turn the tide and begin to reverse the obesity epidemic.”
We know that helping kids develop healthy habits in their earliest years is critical to their future health. As part of the Let’s Move! anniversary celebration, First Lady Michelle Obama visited a local child care center to highlight the progress of Let’s Move! Child Care and recognize yet another child care provider signing on to support the program. Since launching in 2011, over 12,000 providers have committed to fostering healthy environments and instilling healthy habits among our nation’s preschoolers that will last a lifetime. Through Let’s Move! Child Care, providers are increasing physical activity, limiting screen time, serving healthier food and beverages, and supporting breastfeeding mothers. More than 1 million children are being reached by early childhood education networks that have committed to Let’s Move! Child Care.
Thanks to the numerous committed efforts, we are making progress across the country. Still, we look forward to continuing this work to ensure that we see even greater declines in childhood obesity.
Don't miss your chance to join the First Family for the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. The big event is on Monday, April 21 and more than 30,000 people will join in on the fun. Guests will have a chance to participate in activities including games, stories, singing, dancing, and of course, the traditional egg roll - all on the White House South Lawn.
President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia, and Marian Robinson listen to Jessica Sanchez sing the National Anthem on the South Portico at the 2013 White House Easter Egg Roll, April 1, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
This year's theme "Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape," encourages children to lead healthy, active lives in support of the First Lady's Let's Move! initiative. In addition to the fun and games, the day's activities will help educate families on smart ways to incorporate healthy eating and exercise choices into their daily routines.
Starting today, you can enter the lottery at www.recreation.gov for a chance to join in on the fun. The event is open to children ages 13 years and younger and their families. Be sure to enter the lottery before it closes on Monday, March 10 at 10:00 a.m. ET.
Families and schools who can't make the trip to Washington, D.C. but want to participate in the festivities can enter the annual poster contest. The First Lady will select the winning design to be used as part of the White House 2014 Easter Egg Roll program.
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The Easter Egg Roll tradition dates back to 1878 and the wooden White House Easter egg first became part of the Easter Egg Roll tradition in 1981, when President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan hosted a hunt for wooden eggs that bore the signatures of actors, actresses, famous politicians, and athletes. This year the 2014 souvenir eggs come in four bright colors and and include the stamped signatures of the President and First Lady. A commemorative purple "Bo and Sunny" egg is included only in the 2014 5-pack Collector's Egg Set. Visit Recreation.gov to learn more about the official White House keepsake eggs.
Make sure to stay tuned for additional information about the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll by following along at #EasterEggRoll and visiting WhiteHouse.gov/EasterEggRoll.
To celebrate National Nutrition Month, make eating healthy fun this month! Challenge your family to try a new fruit or vegetable each week and involve the whole family in cooking new, healthy foods.
Check out USDA’s MyPlate to get inspired, and use it as a resource to create healthy meals that include a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy. If you’re looking for great recipe ideas to follow the MyPlate guidelines, visit the MyPlate Board on Pinterest for hundreds of tasty recipes from breakfast ideas and side dishes, to quick and easy meals and more!
First Lady Michelle Obama harvests vegetables with students in the White House Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn, May 28, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
We know that eating healthy isn’t always easy with busy family schedules, but keeping your family healthy doesn’t have to be difficult. Making small changes can have a big impact. Here are some tips to help your family be healthy this month and throughout the rest of the year:
When cooking, bake or grill food instead of frying to reduce fat.
Use smaller plates and bowls to ensure you’re eating healthy portions.
Substitute olive oil for butter in the meals you make.
Keep healthy snacks out and visible. Fresh or dried fruit are great snacks when you’re on the go.
Consider planting a garden to have easy access to fresh produce right in your own backyard.
Last week, to celebrate the fourth anniversary of Let’s Move!, First Lady Michelle Obama encouraged people across the nation to show her how they move to be healthy on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using #LetsMove. An incredible number of people shared photos and videos of how they stay healthy, showing that healthy living is becoming the new norm for our country. As a result of such widespread participation, the President and the Vice President even showed us how they move.
Check out more of the creative ways that families, communities, and schools are moving to be healthy, and keep sharing how you stay healthy with #LetsMove.
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Since the launch of Let’s Move! in 2010, the initiative, along with the dedicated efforts made by families, communities, schools, businesses, and organizations, has helped move our nation in a healthier direction. The fourth anniversary of Let’s Move! marks a time when even more Americans have access to healthy, affordable food, school health environments are changing, healthier foods are being marketed to kids, and making healthy choices is becoming easier for families. This healthier movement is becoming the new norm for our country.
Last week, we celebrated the fourth anniversary of Let’s Move! with a series exciting announcements and events. In case you missed it, check out the highlights from the week below.First Lady Joins Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show
First Lady Michelle Obama joined Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show to kick off the celebration of the fourth anniversary of Let’s Move!. In order to celebrate the great work taking place across the country to move our nation in a healthier direction, the First Lady encouraged people of all ages to show her how they move to be healthy. Mrs. Obama asked everyone to share photos and videos of their everyday fitness routine, the better food choices they are making, and what they are doing to move their communities to be healthy on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #LetsMove.
Check out the incredible response to the First Lady’s call to action, and thanks to the great participation, the President and the Vice President showed America how they move.Transforming the School Health Environment Nationwide
The First Lady was joined by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at the White House to announce proposed guidelines for comprehensive school wellness policies to help build healthier learning environments for students across the country. These policies also put in place a guideline on food marketing in schools, setting a standard that if an item cannot be sold or served in schools, it cannot be marketed to kids in schools.
In addition, Mrs. Obama announced the expansion of the school breakfast program, which will enable nearly nine million kids in 22,000 schools to start their day with a nutritious breakfast. These policies will help ensure that the hard work parents are doing at home to teach their kids healthy habits will not be undone during the school day.Creating Healthier Out-of-School Environments
Following the school wellness announcement, the First Lady traveled to Miami, Florida to visit a parks and recreation center to highlight a new announcement around healthy out-of-school time programs. The Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the National Recreation and Park Association committed to the Partnership for a Healthier America to adopt guidelines that will create healthier out-of-school environments for 5 million kids. The First Lady joined kids at the center and a few special guests to check out some of the activities that are offered, including indoor golf, yoga, and Zumba.
Making Healthy Eating the Easy Choice
First Lady Michelle Obama participates in yoga with Jenna Bush during a "Let's Move!" event in Miami, Fla., Feb. 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)
The First Lady was joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg at the White House to announce proposed updates to the Nutrition Facts label, which is on over 700,000 products that you find in your local grocery store. In addition to being redesigned to highlight key parts of the label, such as calories and serving sizes, the proposed label also updates serving sizes to match how much people really eat and requires information about the amount of “added sugars” in a food product.
Instilling Healthy Habits Early On
First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks announcing proposed revisions to the Nutrition Facts label during a "Let's Move!" event in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
To wrap up the anniversary celebration, the First Lady visited a local child care center to highlight the progress of Let’s Move! Child Care and announce that Learning Care Group, the second-largest for-profit child care provider in the country, has committed to the Partnership for a Healthier America to implement policies aligned with Let’s Move! Child Care that will help provide up to 100,000 kids with a healthy child care environment. During her visit to the center, the First Lady and the kids were joined by Super Sprowtz life-size veggie characters for a few dances and a healthy snack.
In addition to this announcement, there was other positive news for this age group last week.The CDC released a report showing a forty-three percent drop in the obesity rate among children ages two to five over the past decade.
First Lady Michelle Obama joins children for a Super Sprowtz show, a "Let's Move!" event at La Petite Academy child care center in Bowie, Md., Feb. 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
It was an incredible week, and we want to thank everyone for joining in our celebration. Although we have come a long way, now is the time we need to double down on our efforts to ensure that we continue to see progress. We look forward to continuing to move our nation to a healthier future together.
Time to break out your chef hat! The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge is back.
First Lady Michelle Obama is again teaming up with the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Epicurious to host a nationwide recipe challenge to promote cooking and healthy eating among America’s youth. We’re inviting parents or guardians and their children, ages 8-12, to submit an original lunch recipe that is healthy, affordable, and tasty, with the opportunity to be invited to attend a Kids' "State Dinner" here at the White House where a selection of the winning healthy recipes will be served.
First Lady Michelle Obama and Epicurious Editor Tanya Steel listen as 12-year-old Haile Thomas, last year's recipe winner from Arizona, introduces Mrs. Obama during the Kids' State Dinner in the East Room of the White House, July 9, 2013.
Don’t forget to use USDA’s MyPlate as a resource to make sure your recipe meets the healthy standards incorporated into the MyPlate icon. Entries should represent each of the food groups, either in one dish or as parts of a lunch meal, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy foods, with fruits and veggies making up roughly half of the plate or recipe.
Check out www.recipechallenge.epicurious.com for more details on the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.
You've got until April 5th to submit your recipe, so head into the kitchen and get cooking! We can’t wait to see all of the nutritious and delicious recipe creations you come up with!
Last week, the First Lady kicked off the celebration of the fourth anniversary of Let’s Move! on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." To demonstrate the national scope of all the great work happening around the country, the First Lady encouraged people of all ages, to show her how they move through eating more fruits and vegetables, getting physically active, or making healthy changes like planting a community garden. She asked you to Facebook it, Tweet it, and Instagram it using #LetsMove and she told viewers that if enough people participated, the President and the Vice President would show us how they move.
From kids and families, to schools, organizations, celebrities, athletes, businesses, and other leaders, we’ve seen such an incredible response to this call to action. We are truly inspired by everyone, and thanks to all of you, we are moving our country to a healthier, new norm.
And now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for--the President and the Vice President show us how they move:
Let’s Move! Child Care Reaches Over 12,000 Providers Committed to Instilling Healthy Habits for Life
This week, First Lady Michelle Obama visited a local child care center to highlight the progress of Let’s Move! Child Care and recognize a new child care provider signing on to support the program. Since launching in 2011, over 12,000 providers have committed to fostering healthy environments and instilling healthy habits among our nation’s preschoolers that will last a lifetime. Through Let’s Move! Child Care, providers are increasing physical activity, limiting screen time, serving healthier food and beverages, and supporting breastfeeding mothers. More than 1 million children are being reached by early childhood education networks that have committed to Let’s Move! Child Care.
Learning Care Group, the second-largest for-profit child care provider in the country, has committed to the Partnership for a Healthier America to implement policies and procedures that reflect the best practices of Let’s Move! Child Care in all of its 900 centers across the country. The First Lady visited a local child care center run by Learning Care Group to highlight this exciting commitment, which will help provide up to 100,000 more kids with a healthy child care environment.
First Lady Michelle Obama joins children for a Super Sprowtz show, a "Let's Move!" event at La Petite Academy child care center in Bowie, Md., Feb. 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
During her visit to the center, the First Lady was joined by Super Sprowtz characters Colby Carrot, Erica Eggplant, and Brian Broccoli to help get the kids excited about eating their vegetables. The life-size veggies got Mrs. Obama and the kids on their feet dancing to a few of their favorite songs, including the Super Sprowtz Power Song. The First Lady then joined children in another classroom for healthy snack time.
“Healthier eating and regular physical activity are becoming the new norm for children across the country,” First Lady Michelle Obama said in a statement. “I am thrilled about Learning Care Group’s new commitment to implement best practices in schools across our country to instill healthy habits in our children from a young age.”
Through Let’s Move! Child Care and the work of providers like Learning Care Group, healthier environments are becoming the new norm for child care centers across the country. By getting the nutritious snacks and physical activity they need to grow up healthy, kids are developing important habits that they will carry throughout the rest of their lives. A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine emphasized the importance of addressing overweight and obesity in the pre-school years. The study showed overweight children entering kindergarten are four to five times more at risk to be obese in the eighth grade as their healthy weight classmates.
The good news is that we have seen progress in childhood obesity rates for this age group. Just this week, the CDC released a report showing a forty-three percent drop in the obesity rate among children ages two to five over the past decade. In addition, last year, the CDC released a report which found that childhood obesity rates declined among low-income preschoolers in eighteen states and one territory, and in an additional twenty states, rates stayed the same.
Now is the time when we need to double down on our efforts to ensure that we continue to see progress. To celebrate the great work and motivate us for all the work that still lies ahead, the First Lady is calling on everyone, including child care centers, to show her how they are moving toward this healthier new norm. Using #LetsMove on social media, share your photos and videos of fun active games and healthy snacks you’re providing in your child care center.
For more information on Let's Move! Child Care, visit www.healthykidshealthyfuture.org.
This morning at the White House, the celebration of Let’s Move!’s fourth anniversary continued with another announcement demonstrating how the country is moving toward a healthier new norm. As part of continued efforts to ensure that parents have the information they need to make healthier choices, the First Lady was joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to announce proposed updates to the Nutrition Facts label, which is on over 700,000 products that you find in your local grocery store.
First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks announcing proposed revisions to the Nutrition Facts label during a "Let's Move!" event in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
“Our guiding principle here is very simple: that you as a parent and a consumer should be able to walk into a grocery store, pick an item off the shelf, and tell whether it’s good for your family,” Mrs. Obama said. “So this is a huge deal, and it’s going to make a big difference for families across this country,” she continued.
The Nutrition Facts label was released for the first time in 1994 and has only been updated once in the past twenty years. The proposed updates announced today reflect the latest scientific information, which ties diet to obesity and chronic diseases. In addition to being redesigned to highlight key parts of the label, such as calories and serving sizes, the proposed label also updates serving sizes to match how much people really eat and requires information about the amount of “added sugars” in a food product.
First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks announcing proposed revisions to the Nutrition Facts label during a "Let's Move!" event in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)
Continuing the celebration of the fourth anniversary of Let’s Move!, the First Lady traveled to Miami to visit a parks and recreation center to highlight a new announcement around healthy out-of-school time programs. In a commitment to the Partnership for a Healthier America, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America will work to create healthy environments for their out-of-school time programs.
Over the next five years, Boys and Girls Clubs and NRPA will adopt healthy guidelines to transform many of their sites into even healthier environments that will collectively reach 5 million children. In adopting these guidelines, sites will emphasize healthier food and beverage choices, provide nutrition education, encourage physical activity, and engage parents by using informational material and activities focused on healthy eating and physical activity.
First Lady Michelle Obama participates in yoga with Jenna Bush and kids during a "Let's Move!" event in Miami, Fla., Feb. 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)
Today’s announcement follows the commitment of the YMCA of the USA in 2011 to adopt these healthy guidelines for their out-of-school-time programs. Collectively, between the YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, and NRPA’s commitments, 5.6 million children will be attending out-of-school programming in healthier environments.
“With this new announcement from the Boys and Girls Clubs and from NRPA, millions more kids will be in healthy environments not just during the school day, but during those critical hours after school as well.”
First Lady Michelle Obama participates in Zumba with Mario Lopez during a "Let's Move!" event in Miami, Fla., Feb. 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)
During the First Lady’s visit to Miami, she joined the kids at the parks and recreation center along with a few special guests to check out some of the great activities that the center offers. The First Lady and Amy Poehler, from the hit series Parks and Recreation, broke out their golf swing in a fun game of indoor golf. Then, Mrs. Obama joined the kids to work on their flexibility during one of the yoga classes offered at the center. Before departing, Alonzo Mourning and Mario Lopez showed off their moves in a Zumba class with the First Lady.
Miami is a great example of a community working together to create healthy environments for their kids, and through the commitments from the Boys and Girls Clubs and NRPA, healthy out-of-school time environments like this are becoming the new norm. With great work happening across the country, the First Lady is calling on all out-of-school time programs to show her how they are moving toward this healthier new norm. Using #LetsMove on social media, join in the movement and share your photos of healthy snacks and community gardens and videos of fun games you’re playing to get active.
Check out the First Lady's remarks from this exciting announcement:
As part of the fourth anniversary celebration of Let’s Move!, First Lady Michelle Obama highlighted the transformational changes happening in schools across the country – from school breakfast and lunch, to snacks and physical activity. Since launching Let’s Move!, the First Lady has been dedicated to ensuring that the school environment is one that supports that health of all its students.
Joined by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the First Lady announced proposed guidelines for comprehensive school wellness policies to help build healthier learning environments for students across the country. As part of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, these policies will set goals in nutrition, physical activity, and other school-based activities promoting student wellness. Additionally, the school wellness policies include a guideline on food marketing in schools, setting a standard that if an item cannot be sold or served in schools, it cannot be marketed to kids in schools.
These policies help ensure that the hard work parents are doing at home to teach their kids healthy habits will not be undone by unhealthy messages at school. This is also part of a larger effort started last fall, when the First Lady called on companies to reduce their marketing of unhealthy products to kids and increase the marketing of healthy products in order to get kids excited about eating more nutritious food. Schools should be places where students can focus on their work and not be inundated with ads for unhealthy products.
First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks during a "Let's Move!" school wellness event in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
Mrs. Obama made a second announcement about one of the most important parts of a child’s day – breakfast. Through the expansion of the school breakfast program, nearly nine million kids in 22,000 schools will be able to start their day with a healthy breakfast. This is so important because we know that a nutritious breakfast affects more than just a student’s health; it also has an impact on their academic performance. A recent study showed that kids who eat a healthy breakfast perform 17.5 percent better on math tests and have fewer disciplinary problems.
In addition to these policies, the First Lady highlighted the success of the school lunch program. Nearly 90 percent of schools have already implemented the new school lunch standards, and in places like Dallas, Orlando and Cincinnati, they’re actually making more money – without needing to charge more – because more kids are participating in the school lunch program.
“Here in America, healthy habits are becoming the new norm. And nowhere is that more clear than in our schools, which have been a core focus of Let’s Move! right from the very beginning.”
With these announcements and all of the initiatives launched over the last four years, healthy school environments are becoming the new norm.
Increased physical activity in schools is becoming the new norm thanks to Let’s Move! Active Schools. Since launching in February 2013, more than 6,500 schools have signed up and committed to reintegrating physical activity into the school day.
“This is critical for our kids’ future, and it’s also critical for the future of our country. Because healthy and well-educated kids are more likely to become healthy, well-educated adults who will build a productive workforce, and a vibrant economy for generations to come.”
There is so much incredible work happening across the country to improve the school health environment, and the First Lady is calling on all schools to show her how they are moving toward this healthier new norm. Using #LetsMove on social media, share your photos of healthy school lunches, videos of fun physical activity breaks in class, or anything you’re doing to help improve your local school environment.
Check out the First Lady’s full remarks from this important announcement:
Over and over again, we’re faced with the challenge of how to get kids to eat healthy foods and stay active, so who better to hear from than the kids themselves?
In celebration of the fourth anniversary of Let’s Move!, the First Lady and Will Ferrell hosted a Let’s Move! “focus group” with young kids to ask them about eating healthy and being active. Here’s what they had to say:
On Thursday night, First Lady Michelle Obama joined Jimmy Fallon during his first week as host of The Tonight Show to officially kick off the celebration of the 4th anniversary of Let’s Move!. In her appearance, the First Lady discussed how this year, she wants to celebrate all of the great work taking place across the country to move our nation in a healthier direction. Mrs. Obama knows that there is extraordinary work occurring from coast to coast, and she can’t wait to see it!
That’s why the First Lady wants you to show her how you move to be healthy - through making better food choices, being physically active, and making healthy changes in your community - via social media using #LetsMove. Tweet it, Instagram it, Facebook it! And the First Lady said that if enough people show her how they move, we might be in for a little surprise.
What is the surprise? The President and Vice President might just show us how they move too!
Need some #LetsMove inspiration?
- Show us your healthy meal (at home, school, church, community center, etc.)
- Show us how you’re getting active (with your family, friends, colleagues, etc.)
- Show us big changes in your community (a community garden, new bike path, etc.)
The First Lady also had some fun teaching Jimmy Fallon and Will Ferrell that eating healthy and being active isn’t so “Ew!” Check it out:
This week, First Lady Michelle Obama will kick off a celebration around the fourth anniversary of Let’s Move!, starting on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon tonight and running through all week next week!
Since launching Let’s Move! in February 2010, the initiative has helped move our nation in a healthier direction. And today, this healthy movement is becoming the new norm all across the country. From child care centers through high school, from sun up to sun down the country is moving toward a healthier future.
On this anniversary, to demonstrate the national scope of this movement, the First Lady is encouraging people of all ages, to show her how they move - through their everyday fitness routine, making better food choices, or by moving their community toward that new norm - on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Vine using #LetsMove.
How are you, your family, and your community moving toward a healthier, new norm? The First Lady wants to see!
Ready, set, #LetsMove!
One year ago, First Lady Michelle Obama announced an exciting partnership between some of the top recipe creators, Pinterest, MyPlate, and the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) to make it easier to find healthy recipes online. With the click of the mouse, you can now find hundreds of nutritious and delicious recipes on the MyPlate Pinterest Page. If you thought it couldn’t get better than this, all of the recipes featured are inspired by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate icon, which reminds us to build a healthy plate with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins, and fat-free or low-fat dairy at every meal.
In celebration of the anniversary of this partnership and the fourth anniversary of Let’s Move!, we’re bringing you more of the First Lady’s favorite recipes! Be sure to check out the First Lady’s Favorites board to find a variety of new recipes from Spicy Chicken Burgers to Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie and more!
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to head to the kitchen with your family and get cooking!
Since arriving last spring at the Lakeside Union School District in Lakeside, CA, Chef Jim Dumars has been on a mission to incorporate fresh vegetables throughout the school lunch program. He turned the talents he used previously at restaurants, resorts and as a private chef to benefit the students in the K-8th grade Lakeside Union School District. Chef Jim joins hundreds of chefs across the country in support of Chefs Move to Schools, an initiative engaging chefs to teach kids that eating healthy foods can be fun and delicious.
Chef Jim shows students from Lakeview Elementary all the delicious ingredients in that day’s Spaghetti with Whole-Grain Pasta.(Credit: Janis Clark)
He immediately began a process of redoing the District’s food offerings and replacing frozen processed products with freshly-made dishes. In his recipes, beans and cauliflower take the place of cream in sauces and soups, and sweetness is provided naturally by carrots and yams. A vision of incorporating fresh produce into every dish has led to some innovative uses (as well as some tasty meals)! Examples of his recipes include:
- Chicken Pot Pie and Potato/Cheese Soup (fresh cauliflower used as part of the cream base)
- Sloppy Joe and Tomato Soup (fresh carrots, pureed pinto beans)
- Spaghetti (fresh zucchini, carrots and herbs)
- Macaroni and Cheese (yams, carrots, cauliflower complementing the cheese in the sauce)
As a great bonus, Chef Dumars has reduced sodium as much as 40% due to the innovative ingredients he uses in these meals. To learn more about Chefs Move to Schools, click here.
In many parts of the country, a winter chill is upon us. Despite the cool temperatures, there are a multitude of activities offered throughout the National Park Service to get outside and get active!
We know that regular exercise out in nature improves kids’ physical and mental health. Let’s Move Outside! was created to help kids and their families take advantage of America’s great outdoors – which abound in every city, town and community.
For a deep winter experience, take a trek to a park like Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Rising above a scene rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain, the Teton Range stands monument to the people who fought to protect it. These are mountains of the imagination. Mountains that led to the creation of Grand Teton National Park where you can explore over two hundred miles of trails, float on the Snake River or simply enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place.
There’s also plenty to do in warmer climates, like the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in Southern California. Stretching from the Oxnard Plain to the Hollywood Hills and located to the west of Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Mountains offer myriad recreation and education opportunities. Experience famous beaches or explore any of the 500 miles of trails. The park abounds with historical and cultural sites from old movie ranches to Native American culture centers. What will you discover?
Don’t think you have to take a trip to find a great park though! Find a park in your neighborhood and take a hike through the snow. Or, see if there are ranger-led snowshoe hikes at a National Park near you. You can find other National Park sites for winter activities at www.nps.gov. Or you can find additional opportunities on all types of public lands near you by visiting: www.Recreation.gov.
Last but not least, make sure to take advantage of this year’s Fee Free Days at a National Park near you and let’s all move outside!
One year after First Lady Michelle Obama launched the Let’s Move! initiative, museums, zoos, gardens, and science and technology centers joined the call to action through Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens. With their impressive reach and great potential for impact, museums and gardens across the country are launching community efforts to create a healthier generation using interactive exhibits, outdoor spaces, gardens, and programs that encourage families to eat healthy foods and increase physical activity.
In Pittsburgh, PA, the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, through the Let’s Move Pittsburgh organization, is partnering with Hear Me and the Southwestern PA Food Security Partnership to amplify kids’ voices about food security and good nutrition.
“I didn’t know that breakfast at school even existed. Kids who don’t have breakfast? I guess they just don’t have anything to eat in the morning…I don’t think that would be fair to do something like that to a kid.”
-- Zoe, 10, Pittsburgh (www.hear-me.net/stories/6814)
Visitors to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will get to hear first-hand the importance of good nutrition and food security directly from local children. Through the Hear Me platform, kids are using media and technology to create a world where they are heard, acknowledged, and understood, giving them the power to inspire social change. Hear Me amplifies kids’ voices by recording students talking about the importance of a specific topic and then placing the recordings around Pittsburgh in public locations. For the current recordings, Hear Me partnered with the Southwestern PA Food Security Partnership to record kids talking about food security and nutrition. “Through this partnership, we hope to bring students’ real experiences to the discussion and increase the level of access kids have to school breakfast and healthy food,” said Ryan Hoffman, project coordinator of Hear Me.
This was a perfect fit for Let’s Move Pittsburgh and Phipps. While children are playing in the indoor market area learning about healthy food choices, parents can go to the Hear Me kiosk and listen to David, a student, talk about the importance of eating a good breakfast. If you want to hear more from David and all of the students who recorded stories as part of this campaign please visit the food and security campaign page.
Minnesota has a long history of working with child care providers to encourage healthy eating and physical activity. Recently, nearly 1,700 family child care providers in Minnesota took part in a Team Nutrition Let’s Move! Child Care Initiative designed to help them set and meet healthy meal patterns. Each provider completed a Team Nutrition Let’s Move! Child Care Quiz on their family care home’s health and nutrition practices. The Minnesota Department of Education partnered with their eight family day care home sponsor organizations to promote the Initiative.
Brooklyn Park kids enjoy a visit from B. Smart Bear who presented them with the Nutrition Island Game. (Photo Credit: Laura Davis, Brooklyn Park Child Care-Minnesota)
The Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) encourages healthier eating through programs such as Learning about Nutrition through Activities (LANA), which is designed to help young children learn to taste, eat, and enjoy more fruits and vegetables to promote good health. LANA has been highly successful and has been enthusiastically embraced by both providers and children.
Holly Fick with Kids Will Be Kids Child Care in Hastings, Minnesota, found that LANA offers many teachable moments. “One thing I love to do is have the kids come with me to my dad's farm (behind my house) and SEE how green beans, corn, and peas are grown and picked. They love it! We are able to run through the ‘big sprinkler’ (irrigator) in the summer. They even ask me why we can't do it in the winter!”
Holly has also found that the parents appreciate it, too. “As parents, I think it is great to have the kids try new foods while at daycare since we all know kids and parents have a different relationship than with their care provider,” says Jacki, a parent of twins. “While my kids would have balked at even the thought of trying something new at home, at daycare it was more of a fun challenge. This program is wonderful and not only educational for the kids but for the parents as well. My kids come home and share what they have learned and even use their knowledge when out at the grocery store!"
Approximately 200 nutrition and physical activity-related incentives were given to providers for incorporating nutrition training and activities as part of their child care programming. The largest sponsor organization gave out certificates of achievement to all providers who participated. Provider Laura Davis welcomed a visit from B. Smart Bear as children engaged in activities using a large size floor mat and big hand-sized game tokens. “The children were very surprised at the size of the game,” she said. “The kids laughed when I announced their silly names as, “Peanut Pete, Betty Banana, Mr. Cheese, Broccoli Bob and Tommy Toast! They had great fun crawling around the big board and matching up the colorful game pieces.”