On Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama presented the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the Nation's highest honor given to museums and libraries. Three of the five winning museums have joined the First Lady in promoting healthier eating and an active lifestyle by becoming a Let's Move! Museum.
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I recently had the honor of attending an event to mark the 2nd Anniversary of Let’s Move! in Indian Country at Chimney Rock National Monument in southwestern Colorado. I hiked and learned about this magnificent landscape on our way to the top with fifty youth from the Southern Ute Montessori Elementary, the Deputy Undersecretary of Agriculture Butch Blazer, and a handful of youth from the Pueblos who work with the Southwest Conservation Corps, an AmeriCorps partner organization that engages and trains a diverse group of young women and men and completes conservation projects for the public benefit.
Posted by Melissa Heintz, Public Affairs Specialist, Institute of Museum and Library Services on May 8, 2013
Today First Lady Michelle Obama will present the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service to five museums and five libraries at a special ceremony in the White House. The National Medal is the Nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for community service and celebrates how they make a difference for individuals, families, and communities.
May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and President Obama has called on schools to make health and exercise part of a good education and for each of us to recommit to setting our children on the path to a bright future:
We all know that getting your young ones to eat a well-balanced meal can be difficult. And for many of our children, the only meal they eat each day that is built of quality nutrition is served in the school cafeteria. In an effort to recognize the school nutrition professionals across the nation who serve our children every school day, the School Nutrition Association is launching School Lunch Superhero Day this Friday, May 3.
This year, the school day just got healthier! Thanks to new and improved school meals, championed by First Lady Michelle Obama, cafeterias across the country are cooking and serving up delicoius and nutritious lunches to students. Chris Neal from Buren, Washington, gave us some great tips on how to spice up the cafeteria.
Posted by Jon Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service on April 22, 2013
Saturday, April 20th was the first day of National Park Week – an annual tradition celebrating, enjoying and giving back to our country’s great natural and cultural landscapes. For the next five days, parks across the country will waive their entrance fees to provide free access to thousands of miles of trails and coastlines, as well as battlefields, archeological sites and waterways.
Posted by Ali Kelley, Special Assistant to the Director, National Park Service on April 15, 2013
With cities and towns across the country enjoying warmer temperatures and longer days, it is time to break out of your indoor routine and get moving outside!
Throughout the month of April, the Children & Nature Network is coordinating a series of free, outdoor events to promote Let’s G.O. (Get Outside)! a national initiative to connect kids and families to the great outdoors.
First Lady Michelle Obama invited students from across the country to join her today on the South Lawn for what has become a favorite tradition: planting the White House Kitchen Garden. For the fifth year in a row, Mrs. Obama and Let's Move Executive Director Sam Kass got their hands dirty as they planted the vegetables that will be harvested this summer and enjoyed by the First Family and White House guests, and donated to local charities.