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Posted by Mydina Thabet and Erika Pijai, Child Nutrition Programs, USDA Food and Nutrition Service on September 23, 2016
The annual Harvest Challenge, menu planning and cooking event for high school students, is an important example of how aspiring chefs get started and learn to create winning recipes.
Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Director, Let's Move! on September 15, 2016
During last year’s fall harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden, Google joined in the fun to record an Expedition of the garden so that students across the country can experience the garden, and learn about where food comes from and the importance of healthy eating. We’re excited to share that the White House Kitchen Garden Expedition is live and available for teachers to download so that even if they can’t make a trip to the White House, their students can explore the garden virtually! 
Posted by Sheldon Gordon and Erika Pijai, Child Nutrition Programs, USDA Food and Nutrition Service on September 14, 2016
Wellness in the Schools, a national non-profit organization, is a key partner and supporter of the Chefs Move to Schools initiative. We’re proud to tell you more about how, together, we impact students every day.   
Posted by Cheryl Jackson Lewis and Erika Pijai, Child Nutrition Programs, USDA Food and Nutrition Service on September 8, 2016
Student culinary competitions are becoming a fun and popular learning tool utilized by many schools throughout the country to engage students in creating healthy, appealing meals. These events encourage students to eat more nutritious foods, as well as give students a voice about foods in schools, showcase school nutrition programs and stimulate interest in local agriculture. 
Posted by Debra Eschmeyer, Executive Director of Let’s Move! and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition on September 7, 2016
Help raise a healthier generation of kids. That’s what First Lady Michelle Obama set out to do when she launched Let’s Move! nearly seven years ago. It was no small task, but it was something the First Lady cared deeply about from her family’s personal experience, and she wanted to bring the lessons she learned to the White House to help other families across the country lead healthier lives.
Posted by Dominique Dawes, Co-chair, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition on August 31, 2016
Ed. Note: This is a cross post from the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. You can find the original post here.  I am thrilled to share that the #0to60 Campaign is officially live! A collaborative effort between the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, #0to60 aims to empower Americans of all ages to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition. We teamed up with First Lady Michelle Obama and Funny Or Die star, Nick Offerman, to unveil a new #0to60 App, mobile-ready website, and “History of Exercise” video!
Posted by Sherry W. Schweitzer, U.S. Department of Education on August 30, 2016
Ed. Note: This is a cross post from Homeroom, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Education. You can find the original post here.  Reading over the summer makes students more prepared when the new school year begins. That’s why the U.S. Department of Education (ED) makes an annual call to action that encourages more reading time out of school, especially over the summer months. Two events held in August celebrated reading and physical activity and aimed to increase awareness about the critical importance of summer learning.
Posted by David Jayo, Senior Adviser to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on August 23, 2016
In 51 cities across the country from Anchorage to San Juan, young people are charting their own paths in America’s great outdoors. They are cleaning beaches in San Diego, planting gardens in Houston, paddling rivers in Minneapolis and dissecting invasive lionfish in Miami.
Posted by Irene Ledo, rising sixth grade student at Philip’s Academy Charter School on August 10, 2016
My name is Irene Ledo. I have attended Philip's Academy Charter School in Newark, NJ since second grade. Honestly, I adore the way my school teaches life lessons, and one of the major lessons we learn is how to live healthy lives. From growing to cooking to eating, our school does it all. Through our EcoSpaces Education program, our school finds amazing ways to teach about the variety of different types of fruits and vegetables, one of them is actually growing them! We grow food on our rooftop garden and in our indoor growing lab, cook in our teaching kitchen and eat healthy meals in our Dining Room.
Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Director, Let's Move! on August 4, 2016
Earlier this year, First Lady Michelle Obama kicked off her American Garden Tour, where she surprised students and community members throughout Washington, DC, and later, traveled to Burke County, Georgia and Newark, New Jersey to visit schools with inspiring garden programs. The TODAY Show has been following along throughout the First Lady’s visits, and Al Roker joined in the fun during Mrs. Obama’s stops in Georgia and New Jersey. Inspired by the White House Kitchen Garden and the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, Al announced that TODAY would be planting their own garden.