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Posted by Dominique Dawes, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Co-Chair on October 9, 2014
Ed. Note: This is a cross post from the blog of fitness.gov. You can find the original post here. On February 28, 2013, First Lady Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move! Active Schools, a solution to ensure that 60 minutes of physical activity is the norm in schools across America. As co-chair of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, I am excited to share that just one school year later, Let’s Move! Active Schools is celebrating the milestone of reaching over 10,000 schools across 50 states and impacting more than 5 million students.
Posted by Dr. Jayne Greenberg, Member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition on October 7, 2014
Ed. Note: This is a cross post from the blog of fitness.gov. You can find the original post here. Many people don’t really focus on inclusion, and how such a simple word can make all the difference in the lives of millions of Americans.  As a member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN), I believe that all people should have access to daily physical activity and be able to live a healthy lifestyle across their lifespan.  As the District Director of Physical Education and Health Literacy for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, I think about inclusion every day.
Posted by Tracy Wiedt, Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties Project Manager, National League of Cities on October 7, 2014
Thirty nine percent of children ages 2 to 19 are either overweight or obese and more than one-in-ten children becomes obese as early as ages 2 to 5. These health conditions not only impact a child’s growth, development, and self-esteem, but often being overweight or obese at a young age places adults at a greater risk for developing serious chronic diseases that impact them over the course of a lifetime. The poor health of children and adults across the country has significant implications beyond an individual’s immediate family, affecting the vitality of entire communities, their local economies, and overall quality of life.
Posted by Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, USDA on October 2, 2014
Ed. Note: This is a cross post from the blog of USDA.gov. You can find the original post here. This October, just like every other month during the school year, school menus will feature an array of products from local and regional farmers, ranchers, and fishermen. Kids of all ages will dig up lessons in school gardens, visit farms, harvest pumpkins, and don hair nets for tours of processing facilities. Science teachers – and English, math, and social studies instructors, too – will use food and agriculture as a tool in their classrooms, so that lessons about the importance of healthy eating permeate the school learning environment. 
Posted by Caitlin Cahow, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition member and Two-time Olympian, U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey on October 1, 2014
Ed. Note: This is a cross post from fitness.gov. You can find the original post here. According to the latest research, healthy students are better learners. Across America, schools play an important role in shaping students’ attitudes about healthy eating and physical activity. As a member of the President’s Council, I see a great opportunity to help our nation’s schools prioritize student health and well-being by weaving it into the fabric of the educational experience. Now, of course, that is easier said than done. Last week, my fellow Council members and I met with national youth ambassadors, superintendents and chancellors, as well as leading researchers at the White House to discuss ways to inspire school administrators, parents and students to take action.