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Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director, Let's Move! on March 31, 2015
Drumroll please: we are excited to announce the launch of the fourth annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge!
Posted by Rachel M. Powell, PhD, CHES, CPH, ORISE Fellow, Let’s Move! Child Care Operations Manager, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention on March 25, 2015
The Let’s Move! Child Care (LMCC) website has a new look! The new and improved website was launched mid-February 2015. The site has been completely redesigned to better assist early child care and education (ECE) providers in finding important resources to help implement the LMCC five goals of improving food choices, increasing physical activity, providing healthy beverages, supporting  breastfeeding, and reducing screen time. Also, a great benefit is that now the website can be viewed on mobile devices and tablets!
Posted by Alex May-Sealey, Staff Assistant, Visitors Office on March 20, 2015
First Lady Michelle Obama has chosen the winning artwork from this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll Design Contest. Elementary and middle school students from nearly 30 states and three foreign countries submitted artwork related to this year’s theme, “#GimmeFive.” As part of the fifth anniversary of Let’s Move!, Mrs. Obama is challenging Americans across the country to #GimmeFive things they are doing to eat better, be more active, and lead a healthier life, and design contest submissions were asked to showcase the #GimmeFive theme through their artwork. Posters will be handed out as a prize to children who win the Easter Egg Roll and Egg Hunt, and programs will be distributed to all guests at the event.
Posted by Melissa Heintz, Public Affairs Specialist, Institute of Museum and Library Services on March 19, 2015
Four years ago, at a meeting with thousands of museum professionals, First Lady Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens. Speaking via video message to attendees, Mrs. Obama said, “Everyday, in museums, public gardens, zoos, and so many other places, you expose our children to new ideas and inspire them to stretch their imaginations.  You teach them new skills and new ways of thinking.  And you instill a love of learning that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.  Every day, you all make such a difference in the lives of our children.  And that’s why I’m so excited to work with you on an issue that is so critical to their health and well-being.” 
Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director, Let's Move! on March 18, 2015
This week, the First Lady appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and spent time talking with Ellen about life at the White House, her work with Let’s Move! and the 5th anniversary of the initiative, and of course, Mrs. Obama encouraged Ellen to take part in the #GimmeFive challenge. The First Lady challenged Ellen to learn the steps to the #GimmeFive dance.
Posted by Kirby Bumpus, Associate Director for Policy, Let's Move! on March 13, 2015
What better way to celebrate National Nutrition Month than taking the #GimmeFive challenge? This month take the challenge by coming up with five new meals to nourish your family. Feel free to share your creations with us on social media using the hashtag #GimmeFive. USDA’s MyPlate can serve as a motivating guide with advice on optimal amounts of fresh produce, lean protein, and low-fat dairy to include in your #GimmeFive challenge recipe!
Posted by The Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties team on March 11, 2015
In July 2012, First Lady Michelle Obama launched the five goals of Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC). Since then, local elected officials from almost 500 cities, towns and counties from across the country – from Anchorage Alaska, to Annapolis Maryland, and everywhere in between – have signed up for the initiative, pledging their commitment to improving the lives of young people in their communities and taking action to prevent childhood obesity.
Posted by Mara Fleishman, Executive Director, Chef Ann Foundation on March 6, 2015
How can schools get kids to fill up their lunch trays with fresh fruits and vegetables? Offer a salad bar in the school cafeteria!  Salad bars offer an enticing array of fresh fruits and vegetables and kids get to choose what they want to eat.  When children have access to a salad bar they eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.  Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools is making this happen nationwide by providing salad bars to schools.   
Posted by Cullen Schwarz and Brooke Hardison, USDA Office of Communications on March 4, 2015
Ed. Note: This is a cross post from the blog of You can find the original post here. A new study published in Childhood Obesity has again confirmed that students are consuming healthier food at school as a result of the updated meal standards.  The study further demonstrates that, contrary to anecdotal reports, the new standards are not contributing to an increase in plate waste.  The study was conducted by researchers from the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut, the University of California Berkeley, and Yale University.
Posted by Posted by Tom Nelson, President, Share Our Strength on March 4, 2015
Ed. Note: This is a cross post from the blog of You can find the original post here. "Good nutrition is just as important to a child’s future as a quality education—maybe even more so. We can’t expect kids to learn, excel and achieve if they aren’t properly nourished from day one. Share Our Strength’s new report, Hunger in Our Schools, illustrates how the healthier school breakfasts and lunches are working to address the twin crises of childhood hunger and obesity, particularly for low-income children. Healthy meals set up our kids for success, and school meals are a critical and effective part of that." –Secretary Tom Vilsack