Time flies when you are eating healthy! June 2nd marks the second anniversary of MyPlate, the food icon that reminds us to build a healthy plate with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins, and fat-free or low-fat dairy at every meal. MyPlate is one of the easiest ways to learn about healthy eating. It's a friendly image for parents and kids to look at and recognize how to pile up their own plate. As First Lady Michelle Obama says:
Posted by Nahal Hamidi, Department of the Interior on June 1, 2013
Now that summer is almost here, it is the perfect time to get outside and celebrate our country's magnificent landscapes, waterways and historical sites. In cities and towns across the country, public lands and waters provide unparalleled opportunities for affordable, family-friendly recreation. From rugged trails to urban rivers, and from sandy coastlines to rolling battlefields, these places are meant to be explored and enjoyed by all!
On Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama joined school children from across the country to harvest the summer crop from the White House Kitchen Garden. For this harvest, the First Lady invited children from two New Jersey communities that were affected by Hurricane Sandy. The First Lady also invited back all the children who helped plant the garden in April so they could see the fruits of their labors.
After picking the vegetables from the garden, White House chefs prepared a salad with spring garden lettuce, snap peas, radishes, and White House honey vinaigrette dressing, and grilled vegetable flatbread.
White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford shared the recipes for the salad and grilled vegetable flatbread with Let’s Move!:
Today, a group of student helpers joined First Lady Michelle Obama for the summer White House kitchen garden harvest. For this harvest, the First Lady invited children from two New Jersey communities that were affected by Hurricane Sandy and invited back all the children who helped plant the garden in April so they could see the fruits of their labors. First Lady Michelle Obama and the students got their hands dirty picking produce from the garden.
By partnering with local vendors to buy fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious ingredients, the Vermont Works for Women FRESH Food Program has served more than 68,000 kids in early care and education centers meals that not only meet, but exceed USDA nutritional standards. This is just one example of efforts taking place across the country to increase access to fruits and vegetables.
Today at the White House, we celebrated a group of educational publishers on their development of voluntary guidance to incorporate health information into textbooks and other learning materials.
The First Lady applauded the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), the Association of American Publishers (AAP), the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP), and the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) for voluntarily coming together to support the health of our nation’s children by incorporating healthy food and physical activity into all subject areas.
Posted by Nahal Hamidi, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary Policy, Management and Budget Department of the Interior on May 17, 2013
This Saturday, May 18th, join thousands of families nationwide and take a trip to a nearby park or open space for National Kids to Parks Day! For the third year in a row, The National Park Trust is encouraging kids and their parents to explore their neighborhood parks and discover the history, nature, and adventure right around the corner or just across town.
Posted by Cristeta Comerford is the White House Executive Chef on May 17, 2013
Growing up in the Philippines, my mother was my main source of inspiration for cooking. I came from a family of eleven kids, and as a child, I would constantly volunteer to help her in the kitchen. My mother would prepare such amazing authentic Filipino food, and cooking for her was almost second nature. She didn’t think about it, she just knew what ingredients to use, how much of each to use, and how to combine their flavors in ways that would satisfy everyone in the family.
Ed. note: The full text of the op-ed by First Lady Michelle Obama is printed below. The piece is published today on Women's Health, and can be found here.
To mark the start of National Women's Health Week, First Lady Michelle Obama encourages us all to start thinking about our health, and the health of our families.
Posted by Ali Kelley, National Park Service on May 10, 2013
If you enjoy the outdoors and appreciate awesome imagery, you are a natural fit for the “Share the Experience” photo contest. The official federal recreation photo contest, “Share the Experience” invites people ages 13 and above to submit photos of the outdoors to be featured on the America the Beautiful Pass – an annual pass that covers entrance fees at over 2,000 federal recreation sites,