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Volunteer and Service Organizations Gather to Support Let’s Move

On Thursday, January 13th, the Let’s Move team co-hosted, along with ServiceNation, a gathering of over 40 service leaders from across the country to brainstorm ways the national service community to be engaged in the effort to end childhood obesity. Representatives from youth service organizations, physical activity groups, city governments, and national non-profits explored each of the Let’s Move pillars and developed initiatives for volunteers to plug themselves into at the county, city and town level. The convening was part of the Let’s Move Cities and Towns effort to build infrastructure at the grassroots to support local mayors who are stepping up and committing to make systemic policy changes to address childhood obesity in their community. The groups attending the meeting committed to working together to provide the boots on the ground municipal leaders will need to make real change that affects this issue. "In recent years, it has become increasingly clear that service and volunteering is most powerful when it is being used as a strategy to solve serious challenges in our communities,” said Greg Propper, Executive Director of ServiceNation. “There are few issues we are facing as a country more serious than the childhood obesity epidemic, and we are excited and committed to working with the Let's Move team to identify the best ways to engage Americans in volunteer service to address this critical problem." Stay tuned for more information on how to get involved.