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Posted by Elizabeth Rhodes, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on November 14, 2012
Editor’s Note: This post includes information from More People Walk to Better Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Posted by Colleen Curtis on November 7, 2012
The contestants on "Top Chef" are known for their quick thinking, creative use of ingredients and ability to solve even the most unexpected culinary puzzle, but earlier this year, First Lady Michelle Obama issued a challenge that called on all of their skills: Whip up a delicious AND nutritious lunch based on MyPlate guidelines for some of the pickiest eaters on the planet -- school kids!
Posted on November 5, 2012
Ed. note: Originally published in the USDA The School Day Just Got Healthier' Tooklkit for Parents. Get the most for your food budget! There are many ways to save money on the foods that you eat. The three main steps are planning before you shop, purchasing the items at the best price, and preparing meals that stretch your food dollars. 
Posted by Elly Spinweber, Partnership for a Healthier America on November 2, 2012
On March 7, 2013, the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA)--a non-profit organization that works with the private sector and its honorary chairwoman First Lady Michelle Obama to solve the nation’s childhood obesity crisis--will bring together more than 1,000 leaders from public, private and non-profit organizations, all committed to solving the childhood obesity crisis in America. This year's agenda will feature a new program called the End Childhood Obesity Innovation Challenge, and we need your ideas.
Posted by Kate Strangfeld on November 1, 2012
Posted by Kate Strangfeld on October 31, 2012
Halloween can be for the whole family, but most of the treats collected as kids trick or treat aren’t exactly the healthiest choices. Although a few pieces of candy are fine, one study by the University of Alabama-Birmingham estimates that the average kid may accumulate 3,500 to 7,000 calories worth of treats on Halloween night. Forget needing a scary costume -- those numbers are frightening in themselves! 
Posted by Elizabeth Rhodes, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on October 30, 2012
Giving young kids the best start to life is not just about teaching them the ABCs but helping them learn healthy habits, too. Check out how one teacher gets the young learners in her in-home preschool healthy at an early age:
Posted by Ken Meyer on October 26, 2012
Looking for fun and easy ways to get your kids moving outdoors this fall? All this week, our followers on Facebook and Twitter shared their favorite games and activities for the autumn season.  Parents all across the country are getting kids moving by hiking, visiting apple orchards and corn mazes, and jumping in leaf piles. We heard about fall sports like football and softball, and activities like hula hooping and hopscotch. 
Posted by Lea Prohov on October 25, 2012
Editor’s Note: U.S. Paralympics is a division of the United States Olympic Committee. Did you know that the Paralympic Games are the second largest sporting event in the world, behind the Olympic Games? At the London 2012 Paralympic Games more than 4,200 athletes competed, including 227 Americans, making it the largest Paralympic Games ever! Meet some of the Paralympians who came to the White House, and take a look at our favorite facts about the Paralympic Games:
Posted by Kate Strangfeld on October 24, 2012
One of the easiest ways to eat healthy is to make at least half of your grains whole. You can transform your family's favorite recipes -- like Belgian waffles and French toast -- into healthy ones rich in whole grains. iCarly's Reed Alexander shows us how it's done. Check out Reed's healthy kid favorites for you to try at home: 
Posted by Yaseen Eldik, USDA on October 23, 2012
Editor's note: This is post was orginally published on U.S. Department of Agriculture. In McLean, a community tucked inside Fairfax County, not everyone can access the food they need for good health. I interviewed Julie Mendoza about her efforts to connect hungry families in McLean with fresh produce. Julie knew that Share McLean, a food pantry that serves hungry families in the area, often lacked fresh produce. As she was walking through the McLean community garden one day, she noticed that there was an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. She decided she would try to facilitate a relationship between the garden and Share McLean, calling it The Gardeners’ Share of McLean.
Posted by Marissa Duswalt on October 22, 2012
The Presidential Youth Fitness Program is a voluntary program that empowers students to adopt and maintain an active lifestyle. To learn more about this new national program, join us today for a webinar: 
Posted by Lea Prohov on October 19, 2012
Editor's note: The U.S. Soccer Foundation is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the health and well-being of children in urban economically disadvantaged areas using soccer as a vehicle for social change. This past summer, the U.S. women’s soccer team brought home the gold from the 2012 London Olympic Games--showing America the true spirit of team work, and amazing us with their athletic abilities. They played a series of challenging games, but pulled together to win.
Posted by USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion on October 18, 2012
Check out our new Whole Grains How-To's video series, featuring Liz Weiss, a registered dietician, cookbook author and family nutrition expert. These short, informative videos offer simple tips explaining how to eat whole grains on a budget, whole grains for breakfast, whole grains at school, and whole grains for the whole family. 
Posted by Ali Kelley on October 17, 2012
The U.S. Olympic Swimming Team won 31 medals – 16 gold, nine silver and six bronze – at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, accounting for nearly one-third of Team USA’s total medal count.  Swimming is a lifelong sport that works your entire body. From the freestyle to the “fly,” each stroke offers a different and challenging way to get from one side of the pool (or pond!) to the other.