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Posted by Diane Harris, PhD, MPH, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on September 30, 2013
The Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools program has delivered nearly 2,700 salad bars to schools across the nation since its launch in 2010.  School districts are embracing salad bars as an important tool to showcase locally grown, farm-fresh produce as part of Farm to School programs.  The popularity of Farm to School programs has increased tremendously over the last few years.
Posted by Katie McMahon, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on September 27, 2013
Besides being recently named one of “America’s Most Livable Cities,” Columbia, South Carolina has something else to celebrate – the city is doing great work as part of Let’s Move! Cities, Towns, and Counties!
Posted by Elyse Cohen, Deputy Director, Let's Move! on September 26, 2013
On the heels of the First Lady’s call to action to companies to market healthier options to families, today, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, the Clinton Global Initiative and McDonald’s announced a commitment McDonald’s has made to increase families’ access to affordable fruits, vegetables and low-fat/fat-free dairy, to adjust the marketing and packaging of the Happy Meal to showcase healthy options, and to include fun nutritional messages in advertising directed to children. 
Posted by Sally Nicholson, Director of Student Nutrition Services, School District of Pickens County in Easley, South Carolina on September 26, 2013
Hagood Elementary School in Pickens, South Carolina, is a progressive school encouraging students to live a healthy lifestyle through nutritious meals and exercise. Our goal is to encourage a healthy lifestyle while trying to promote healthy decisions. 
Posted by AJ Pearlman, Associate Director for Policy, Let’s Move! on September 25, 2013
At the Neighborhood House Association Head Start in San Diego, California, Registered Dietitian Kristine Smith and the Neighborhood House Association Nutrition Services Chef teamed up to make meals healthier for thousands of Head Start preschoolers. They started by switching from a ‘heat-and-serve’ style of cooking to preparing breakfasts, lunches, and snacks from scratch every day. They replaced menu items like hot dogs, frozen fish sticks, and chicken nuggets with freshly prepared foods like multi-grain bagels with flavored cream cheeses, chicken with homemade BBQ sauce, and cilantro hummus with all-natural pita chips. Plus, they incorporated more fresh vegetables and herbs that add new colors, textures, tastes, and aromas to the meals.
Posted by Lori Richard, Providence Public School District Food Service Operations Manager on September 24, 2013
Last year, our school district participated in an Adopt a Farm Project to highlight the use of local produce on school lunch menus throughout the state of Rhode Island. Pezza Farm in Johnston, RI planted 10 acres of land that yielded 8,000 pounds of produce, while the school district’s central kitchen developed new recipes to integrate the harvest into school menus. 
Posted by Logan Block, Programs Manager, Miami Children's Museum on September 23, 2013
Ed. Note: This blog was originally posted on To view the full post, click here. This blog post is made in conjunction with September's National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. My father, a lifelong elementary school educator, used to say of children and learning, “Our work is our play.” With 56,500 square feet to discover, explore, and investigate, guests at Miami Children’s Museum have a lot of space to cover. Our entire building naturally invites guests to be active and move; to play. Our museum provides children with an outlet to express themselves in creative ways through fun and interactive programming that encourages movement and an active lifestyle. We’re always looking for ways to turn the guest experience from a passive one to an active one.
Posted by Shannon Feaster, Deputy Executive Director, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition on September 20, 2013
This week, Nickelodeon, one of the world’s leading entertainment companies for kids, turned the “City that Never Sleeps” into a “City of Play,” hosting its biggest celebration of play ever! Leading up to the 10th Annual Worldwide Day of Play (WWDoP), on Saturday, September 21st, Nickelodeon is encouraging kids and their families to get up, get out and go play! For the last decade, during its Worldwide Day of Play celebration, Nickelodeon has gone dark for three hours, taking programming off the air and shutting down its websites for three hours from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. (ET/PT).
Posted by Elyse Cohen, Deputy Director, Let’s Move! on September 19, 2013
From the State Dining Room of the White House yesterday, the First Lady addressed a diverse cross section of leaders from food and media industry executives, advocates, parent leaders, government agency representatives and researchers about the power of marketing in influencing kids’ food choices and the need for leveraging this power toward healthier food options for our nation’s children.
Posted by Diane Harris, PhD, MPH, CHES, Health Scientist and Team Lead, CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity on September 16, 2013
Many Americans aren't eating enough fruits and vegetables, but salad bars in schools can help. Research shows that fruits and vegetables are important to promoting good health. Yet, many Americans are not getting the recommended amount they need each day.