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Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director, Let’s Move! on November 19, 2013
Yesterday, Executive Director of Let’s Move! Sam Kass was a featured speaker during the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Scientific Sessions 2013 in Dallas, Texas. Kass spoke during a plenary session entitled “Solving the Obesity/Type 2 Diabetes Epidemic: The Role of Physical Activity/Exercise.” The plenary session was part of the “Global Congress on Physical Activity,” one of twenty six tracks the AHA offered to attendees during the five-day conference. 
Posted by Elyse Cohen, Deputy Director, Let’s Move! on November 18, 2013
As Let’s Move! approaches its fourth year, First Lady Michelle Obama discussed how the initiative is changing the way kids eat and stay active in the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) November edition of their publication, The Nation’s Health. The publication was disseminated at the National APHA Conference in early November and has more than 24,000 print readers (public health professionals, Members of Congress, subscribers, and the media); 50,000 online readers; 13,000 visits per month to the website; approximately 250,000 Twitter followers. 
Posted by Tracy Wiedt, Program Manager, Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties at the National League of Cities on November 15, 2013
Everyone has a role to play in preventing childhood obesity, including local elected officials who serve as leaders in adopting policies or making environmental changes so children in their communities reach their full potential and live healthy lives.
Posted by AJ Pearlman, Associate Director for Policy, Let’s Move! on November 14, 2013
Tuesday afternoon, leaders from the Indian Health Service (IHS) and the Notah Begay III Foundation (NB3F) met at the White House to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize a partnership in support of Let’s Move! in Indian Country. The two organizations will jointly work to curb and prevent childhood obesity in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
Posted by Tatiana Tucker, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care on November 13, 2013
As a family child care owner for over 25 years in Philadelphia, PA, Anna Mae Guille provides care for up to 6 kids at any given time.  She has been a long-time provider of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and participates in the Let’s Move! Child Care (LMCC) initiative. Anna Mae has had success with both programs. She offers the following tips to help combat childhood obesity for kids in your care:
Posted by Susan Hildreth, Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services on November 12, 2013
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the federal agency that supports the nation’s libraries and museums. The agency manages Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens. On Friday I was thrilled to join Sam Kass at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) for the launch of EatPlayGrow™, a new early childhood educational curriculum designed to keep children healthy through creative strategies developed specifically for families with very young children. (And equally thrilled to see the IMLS-funded exhibition EatSleepPlay™ at CMOM!)
Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director, Let's Move! on November 11, 2013
From everyone at Let’s Move!, we want to thank and honor all of our nation’s veterans who have dedicated their lives serving and defending our country. We are so grateful for your service and sacrifice.
Posted by Tatiana Tucker, Child Care Program Specialists, Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families on November 7, 2013
“Staying active has always helped me”, said Lester Asamoah, a mentor through the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program in Oklahoma City, OK. Growing up in the heart of inner Oklahoma City, Lester’s options for free play were limited: he could either play sports or play video games.  Going against the grain, Lester chose to stay active, playing sports throughout his childhood.  Now, he strives to support kids in his neighborhood who also want to stay active, even though they may live in an adverse environment.  
Posted by Deborah Kane, National Director, USDA Farm to School Program on November 6, 2013
Ed. Note: This blog was originally posted on To view the full post, click here. They are t-shirted and tilling up soil in schools across the country. And this year, thanks to a new partnership, FoodCorps service members have USDA at their side.
Posted by Dr. Ian Smith, Member, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition and Healthy Living Advocate on November 5, 2013
Ed. Note: This blog was originally posted on To see the original post, click here. As a physician and sports enthusiast it’s important to make sure I’m fueling my body with healthy, nutritious foods to stay fit and focused. It’s not only critical for me personally, but also as a dad. I want to make sure my kids grow up and develop their own healthy eating habits so they can lead long, active and productive lives. This all starts with breakfast. Each morning, my wife and I make sure to provide our kids with a healthy and tasty meal to start their day and give them the boost they need for an active day.