Wouldn’t you love to know that with every healthy meal you buy, you’re also giving a meal to somebody else? Amazingly, Rutgers University alumnus Nicholas Kubian started an organization that does just that.
Let’s Move Faith and Communities is an initiative to help faith-based and neighborhood organizations initiate and coordinate activities that encourage healthy living and well-being. As part of the monthly webinar series, Let's Move Faith and Communities is holding a webinar on Thursday to talk about why faith and community organizations are uniquely suited to address the health needs in their community and to highlight the success of faith leaders around the country who have engaged their community around this issue.
In 2009, Apryl Krakovsky, a mom of two kids at Overland Elementary, thought of an idea to start off the school day with a bit of physical activity. Nothing too complicated—just a simple 15-minute start to the day where kids could move around and have fun. Through her passion and resourcefulness, Apryl was able to make the idea a reality. Three years later, Apryl still leads the program, now called Overland in Motion, before school every day. Students, along with teachers and staff, gather outside of the school and follow dance and movement routines led by Apryl and other students. The goal of the program is simple: to move more.
Sometimes a passionate community is all it takes to make change really happen. Just take a look at how far Fireside Elementary School in Louisville, Colorado has come since 2007. Like other schools around the country, Fireside Elementary School wanted to teach kids about healthy eating. Despite being under tight financial means, the school was able to improve school meals, thanks to the Boulder Valley’s School Food Project, which rallied members within the community around this important cause to raise money for all schools within the Boulder district, including Fireside Elementary. A group of parents also volunteered their time to help build a school garden.
The contestants on "Top Chef" are known for their quick thinking, creative use of ingredients and ability to solve even the most unexpected culinary puzzle, but earlier this year, First Lady Michelle Obama issued a challenge that called on all of their skills: Whip up a delicious AND nutritious lunch based on MyPlate guidelines for some of the pickiest eaters on the planet -- school kids!
Ed. note: Originally published in the USDA The School Day Just Got Healthier' Tooklkit for Parents.
Get the most for your food budget! There are many ways to save money on the foods that you eat. The three main steps are planning before you shop, purchasing the items at the best price, and preparing meals that stretch your food dollars.
Posted by Elly Spinweber, Partnership for a Healthier America on November 2, 2012
On March 7, 2013, the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA)--a non-profit organization that works with the private sector and its honorary chairwoman First Lady Michelle Obama to solve the nation’s childhood obesity crisis--will bring together more than 1,000 leaders from public, private and non-profit organizations, all committed to solving the childhood obesity crisis in America.
This year's agenda will feature a new program called the End Childhood Obesity Innovation Challenge, and we need your ideas.