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Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director, Let’s Move! on February 19, 2014
One year ago, First Lady Michelle Obama announced an exciting partnership between some of the top recipe creators, Pinterest, MyPlate, and the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) to make it easier to find healthy recipes online. With the click of the mouse, you can now find hundreds of nutritious and delicious recipes on the MyPlate Pinterest Page. If you thought it couldn’t get better than this, all of the recipes featured are inspired by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate icon, which reminds us to build a healthy plate with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins, and fat-free or low-fat dairy at every meal.
Posted by Sally Spero, Child Nutrition Director in Lakeside, CA on February 18, 2014
Since arriving last spring at the Lakeside Union School District in Lakeside, CA, Chef Jim Dumars has been on a mission to incorporate fresh vegetables throughout the school lunch program.  He turned the talents he used previously at restaurants, resorts and as a private chef to benefit the students in the K-8th grade Lakeside Union School District. Chef Jim joins hundreds of chefs across the country in support of Chefs Move to Schools, an initiative engaging chefs to teach kids that eating healthy foods can be fun and delicious.
Posted by AJ Pearlman, Associate Director for Policy, Let’s Move! on February 16, 2014
In many parts of the country, a winter chill is upon us.  Despite the cool temperatures, there are a multitude of activities offered throughout the National Park Service to get outside and get active!
Posted by Hannah E. Hardy, Director of Programming and Operations, Let’s Move Pittsburgh, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens on February 15, 2014
One year after First Lady Michelle Obama launched the Let’s Move! initiative, museums, zoos, gardens, and science and technology centers joined the call to action through Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens. With their impressive reach and great potential for impact, museums and gardens across the country are launching community efforts to create a healthier generation using interactive exhibits, outdoor spaces, gardens, and programs that encourage families to eat healthy foods and increase physical activity.
Posted by Pamela Bryant, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on February 14, 2014
Minnesota has a long history of working with child care providers to encourage healthy eating and physical activity. Recently, nearly 1,700 family child care providers in Minnesota took part in a Team Nutrition Let’s Move! Child Care Initiative designed to help them set and meet healthy meal patterns.  Each provider completed a Team Nutrition Let’s Move! Child Care Quiz on their family care home’s health and nutrition practices. The Minnesota Department of Education partnered with their eight family day care home sponsor organizations to promote the Initiative.
Posted by Madeline Rogero, Mayor, Knoxville, TN and Tim Burchett, Mayor, Knox County, TN on February 13, 2014
We’re moving in Knoxville, Tennessee! Located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, at the confluence of three major rivers and with gorgeous natural landmarks, it’s no wonder the favorite pastime of our 432,000 residents is outdoor recreation! We have made physical activity a priority in our community. Together, the City of Knoxville and Knox County governments are collaborating on Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) efforts with great success!
Posted by L. Dennis Michael, Mayor of Rancho Cucamonga, CA on February 12, 2014
As a Let’s Move! City, Rancho Cucamonga, California is addressing health and wellness in a holistic and comprehensive way. The City Council incorporated Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) to be a part of Healthy Rancho Cucamonga (Healthy RC), a comprehensive, community-driven initiative dedicated to encouraging healthy and sustainable lifestyles.
Posted by Dr. Alan B. Coleman, Councilmember, Beaumont, TX on February 10, 2014
The City of Beaumont, Texas recently became the first Let’s Move! city, town or county to earn gold medals in all five goals of Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC). Beaumont ranks first among over 400 communities participating in LMCTC. As Beaumont’s Councilmember, I am incredibly proud of our City’s accomplishments and we recently had the opportunity to showcase our success at the National League of Cities’ Congress of Cities conference. Beaumont is an example of how city government, the school district, hospitals, non-profits and the private sector can work together to help our most valuable asset - our children.
Posted by Elyse Cohen, Deputy Director, Let’s Move! on February 9, 2014
Four years ago, First Lady Michelle Obama launched a national movement, Let’s Move!, to create a healthier future for kids and families. Four years later, Let’s Move! has moved a nation in a healthier direction, and this nation is on the move. This healthier movement is becoming the new norm, and it is happening all over the country. From child care centers through high school and after school, from sun up to sun down, the country is moving faster every day towards a healthier future. Over the last four years, Let’s Move! has worked to create more opportunities for physical activity and to improve the overall quality of school meals. Across the nation, communities have gained access to healthy and affordable food, and families have gained the information needed to make more nutritional choices. Businesses are marketing healthier foods to kids, and consumer demand is shifting toward healthier products.  
Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director, Let’s Move! on February 7, 2014
Today kicks off the 22nd Winter Olympic Games, and athletes from all across the globe are getting ready to compete in the sports they love. Two years ago, First Lady Michelle Obama led the U.S. Presidential Delegation to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. While she was in London, Mrs. Obama joined current and former Olympic athletes along with American and British kids to celebrate the spirit of the Games through Let's Move! London. The First Lady participated in fun activities from soccer and tug of war to ladder hurdles with the kids and Olympians, and she reminded everyone about the importance of staying active and eating healthy, and most importantly to have fun doing it!  
Posted by Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director, President’s Council on Fitness, Sport & Nutrition on February 5, 2014
Ed. Note: This blog was originally posted on the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition's website: To view the full post, click here. Today, people from all 50 states will celebrate the 28th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day. This year’s theme, “Passing the Torch, Blazing the Trail,” is particularly pertinent because we are two days away from the Opening Ceremonies of the Sochi Olympics. More than 100 of our 230 winter Olympians traveling to Sochi are females; in London in 2012, the U.S. sent more female than male athletes to participate in the Games. In fact, many referred to London 2012 as “the Women’s Olympics,” because it was the first time that women competed in all of the same sports as men, for 302 total medal events.
Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director, Let’s Move! on February 3, 2014
This month marks the fourth anniversary of Let’s Move! As we gear up to celebrate the anniversary with events and new announcements, the Let’s Move! team took a moment to look back at the last year. Here’s what we thought were our most memorable moments. What do you think? Share your favorite Let’s Move! moments with us through Twitter and  Facebook using #LetsMove. Drumroll please…
Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director, Let’s Move! on February 2, 2014
Add some furry friends to your Super Bowl party! Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl – in its tenth year airing on Super Bowl Sunday – found some new coaches for the shelter and rescue pups for this year's big game: First Lady Michelle Obama and First Dogs Bo and Sunny. In order to prepare for the Puppy Bowl, Bo, Sunny, and local DC students encouraged the pups to keep moving as they practiced tire and tackle drills and played fetch with them. The First Lady reminded everyone that playing with your pet is a great way to get active. She even joined in for a touchdown dance to celebrate with the students and puppies.
Posted by T. Morgan Dixon, Founder and Director, GirlTrek on January 31, 2014
Let’s Move! Faith and Communities was launched to help faith-based and neighborhood organizations promote healthy living for children and communities.  GirlTrek, a nonprofit organization that inspires and supports African-American women and girls to live their healthiest, most fulfilled lives - simply by walking - is one of the organizations that works to address the problems that lead to childhood obesity.
Posted by AJ Pearlman, Associate Director for Policy, Let’s Move! on January 30, 2014
It may still be cold outside, but it doesn’t mean you can’t start thinking about your spring garden. Whether you’re planning a school garden or have the perfect plot of land in your backyard, Let’s Move! has all the tools you need to get started! Gardening not only stocks your kitchen with all-natural fruits and veggies rich with nutrients, it can be a great way to give your kids a hands-on lesson in healthy eating.