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Posted by Samia Hamdan, MPH, RD, USDA Nutritionist on March 26, 2013
Keshena Primary School (KPS) is the first Native American school to win the HealthierUS School Challenge in USDA's six-state Midwest Region.
Posted by Rodney K. Taylor, Director, Nutrition Services Department, Riverside Unified School District, Riverside, CA on March 25, 2013
We’ve never been satisfied with meeting minimum standards. We started our own school food revolution by eliminating sodas and junk food from our cafeterias, setting up school gardens, and purchasing fruits and vegetables from local and regional farmers before the new school meals came into play. 
Posted by Ali Kelley on March 22, 2013
Earlier this week, the First Lady hosted two calls to ask school leadership and prospective school champions – including teachers, staff, parents, and community members – to join the new Let’s Move! Active Schools initiative.  An unprecedented collaboration of organizations across sectors, the new program will bring physical activity back to America’s schools through a simple, six-step process that helps all students get moving before, during, and after the school day.
Posted by Kasie Coccaro on March 21, 2013
We're excited to announce that our next White House Social will be a Let's Move! Social here, at the White House. On Monday, April 1st, 2013, the First Family will host the 135th annual White House Easter Egg Roll with the theme "Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You!" We are inviting Let's Move! followers on Twitter and Facebook and their children, ages 5 - 13, to join the fun on the South Lawn and of course to share their experience with their followers! The day's activities -- which will include sports and cooking demonstrations -- will help educate families on smart ways to incorporate healthy eating and exercise choices into their daily routines, key pillars of First Lady Michelle Obama's initiative. Interested in joining? Sign up for your chance to join other @LetsMove followers for the White House Easter Egg Roll at
Posted by Clifton Toomey, Supervisor of Nutrition Services, Indian River School District, Selbyville, DE on March 21, 2013
The new school meal patterns have required school food authorities across the country to get creative. We are finding new ways to plan menus that not only meet the new meal guidelines but also please the taste buds of students.
Posted by Marissa Duswalt on March 20, 2013
Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama addressed health and wellness experts, thought leaders, and top executives at the Partnership for a Healthier America's "Building a Healthier Future" Summit. She highlighted some of the great work that has been done over the past few years in changing the national conversation around children's health, and cast her vision for a healthier America. Mrs. Obama, who is the honorary chair of the Partnership, invited the business community to join her in making it easier for families -- especially parents -- to make healthier choices. 
Posted by Rosie Jackson, Orleans Parish Food Service Director, New Orleans, Louisiana on March 17, 2013
You never know how a child will react to a new food. We took a chance and held a taste test of a healthy new recipe with about 25 fourth through eighth grade students at Hynes Charter School in New Orleans. 
Posted by Jeremy West, Weld County School District 6, Nutrition Service Director, Greeley, Colorado on March 16, 2013
They said it couldn’t be done. Prepare meals from scratch. Done. Purchase locally grown foods.  Done. Add salad bars to every school. Done. Reduce sodium. Done. Develop a highly trained central production staff led by an Executive Chef, keep the budget in the black and maintain labor hours. Done, done and done. But it didn’t happen overnight!
Posted by Mike Del Moro on March 15, 2013
Students from elementary and middle schools from more than 20 states submitted entries for this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll Poster Contest, and First Lady Michelle Obama has picked the winning designs. All of the submissions featured artwork relating to this year’s theme “Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You!” Posters will be handed out as a prize to children who win the Easter Egg Roll or Egg Hunt, and programs will be distributed to all guests at the event.
Posted by Marissa Duswalt on March 15, 2013
Three delicious recipes -- Sweet Potato & Apple Salad with Lime Vinaigrette, Summer Ratatouille, and Tuscan White Bean Salad with Roasted Garlic -- from Vermont's school chefs have inspired us to bring school meals home!