Posted by Dr. Judy Palfrey, Executive Director of Let's Move on September 28, 2011
On September 19, for first time in history, world leaders met at the United Nations in a High Level Meeting called to begin addressing diabetes, heart disease and cancer on Global scale. One after another the Presidents, Prime Ministers, Health Ministers and other dignitaries stood in front of the UN symbol of peace pledged their resolve to address the root cause of many of these diseases -- overweight and obesity.
Over the weekend, First Lady Michelle Obama joined children and families at Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play to celebrate the success of the Million PALA Challenge, a joint initiative of Let’s Move! and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN).
Posted by Holly H. McPeak, Nutrition Advisor, HHS/OASH on September 26, 2011
In Lounge 201 on Capitol Hill, 19 Job Corps food service managers from Job Corps centers nationwide exercised their culinary creativity in a “Top Chef” food competition in support of Let’s Move! This event known as “Job Corps’ Top Chefs: Creating Healthy and Nutritious Food Services,” was the culmination of a three day summit, September 13- 15, 2011, held in Washington DC. It was hosted by the National Job Corps Association (NJCA) is held annually, with this year being the second conference.
Posted by Heidi Christensen, Associate Director for Community Engagement at the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on September 26, 2011
Ed. Note: Cross-posted from the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships blog.
Across the country, parish nurses are helping congregations walk in health towards a more active lifestyle. Parish nurses, or Faith Community Nurses, are health experts who work within specific congregations to provide the tools, resources, and support necessary to make healthy decisions and stay active. In their capacity as health counselors, advocates, educators, and providers of spiritual care, they are on the frontlines of congregational health, working with church members to address healing of the body, mind and spirit.
Posted by Audrey Rowe, USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Administrator on September 26, 2011
Ed. Note: Cross-posted from the USDA blog.
In August I went back to school with students in Albany and Newton, Ga., to see how healthy school meals help students get their “S.W.A.G. on” and prepare for success.
In Albany, 400 Sherwood Acres Elementary Magnet School students celebrated school breakfast, many wearing S.W.A.G. t-shirts, which stands for “Students with Academic Greatness!”
Vanessa Hayes, Dougherty County Schools Director of Child Nutrition Services, explained, “We understand that good nutrition is the fuel for the educational vehicle.”
Posted by Will Shafroth, Councilor to Secretary Salazar for America’s Great Outdoors on September 22, 2011
First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative focuses on fighting childhood obesity and she encourages people of all ages to incorporate a little more physical activity into their daily routine, reminding us that recess is just as important for adults, since you are a role model for your child. Studies show that recess is crucial to healthy childhood development and that there is no reason to stop taking physically active breaks just because we can no longer hang from a jungle gym or play tag with classmates.
Posted by Jennifer Seymour, CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity on September 22, 2011
On September 27, 2011, New Haven Public Schools and Whole Foods Markets will host a Celebration of Salad Bars to highlight New Haven’s leadership and commitment to healthier school meals. With the goal of increasing students’ consumption of dark green and yellow-orange vegetables, New Haven Public Schools is celebrating the start of the new school year with salad bars in 43 of its 47 schools. Almost all of New Haven’s 20,000 students will have access to a salad bar every day. New Haven Public Schools received their first two salad bars from Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools, a comprehensive grassroots public health effort to mobilize and engage stakeholders at the local, state, and national level to support salad bars in schools,last fall and the success was immediate.