Starting today, iVillage is teaming up with the President’s Challenge Program to help American families improve their fitness and nutrition habits for a healthier lifestyle. Join the free six-week program and starting September 17, you'll receive daily emails with tips and activities to help you stay fit, eat right and earn a Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+).
Posted by Dr. Jayne Greenberg on September 10, 2012
Editor's Note: This post was originally published on Fitness.gov, the official blog of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition
More than two decades after its last update, the physical fitness test many of us did in school is getting a makeover. Just in time for the new school year, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) announced that the former Physical Fitness Test is now the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, and that it will focus primarily on assessing health versus athleticism for America’s youth.
Ed. note: 10 Tips for Healthy Meals was originally published in the USDA ‘The School Day Just Got Healthier’ Toolkit for Parents.
School is back in session, and it’s time to start packing those lunches again! A healthy meal starts with more vegetables and fruits, and smaller portions of protein and grains. Have your child help pack lunch with you so they can learn how to make a healthy, balanced meal. Show them how healthy food can be delicious, too, and encourage them to try new foods. Here are 10 tips to packing a healthy lunch for school:
On August 31, 2012, the President signed a proclamation regarding National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, September 2012. In the proclamation, he urges Americans to promote healthy living for our children:
"Each of us can play a role in ensuring our children have the opportunity to live long, healthy lives, and by joining together in pursuit of that mission, I am confident we can build a brighter future for America's youth."
Posted by Grant Hill, LA Clippers on August 31, 2012
In July, I had the special privilege of joining the First Lady as a member of the President’s official delegation to the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. Before attending the opening ceremonies, we gathered on the lawn of the residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain for a Let's Move! event to get kids exercising. Thousands of children were there, including the children of our military members stationed in the area, participating in dozens of sports. Mrs. Obama is definitely hands-on when she joins kids in exercise and games. She is a non-stop advocate for healthy activity and good, clean, competitive fun. And, she is a powerful role model for healthy living and the pursuit of fitness for Americans of all ages.
Posted by Joslyn Simmons, Girl Scouts of Gateway Council on August 29, 2012
Everywhere I turned, I saw the great problem of childhood obesity. Things had changed over the short time from my childhood. Today's children were not getting the physical activity or food they needed. I was going to change that with the use of my Girl Scouts Gold Award. I was inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let's Move! initiative and by my younger cousin DJ, who is obese. I have a great love of sports and knew there had to be something to tie healthy living together with sports. Then the idea was born.
Ed. note: Originally published in the USDA The School Day Just Got Healthier Toolkit for Parents.
Encourage children to eat vegetables and fruits by making it fun. Let kids help with preparation, based on their age and skills. Kids may try foods they avoided in the past if they helped make them.
Posted by Lisa Cericola, iVillage on August 27, 2012
Ed note: Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama was the guest editor for the iVillage website. She worked with the editors there to create a weeklong series of great articles and videos with advice for families looking to Rev Up their Back to School Routine and introduce healthy new habits for everyone in the household. The editors of iVillage asked readers to share their own strategies for making changes stick in their families.
Before you can cook for your family, you need to know how to grocery shop for foods you’ll use. From how to make a list to making healthy choices, consider this your go–to cheat sheet.
As the school year starts again, Let's Move! is celebrating a major accomplishment. More than 4,000 schools have achieved certification in the HealthierUS School Challenge, a voluntary initiative that awards schools for creating healthier school environments for America's schoolchildren.
To help American families become more active and meet the First Lady’s fitness goals, Let’s Move!, and Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) have teamed with USA BMX to provide easy access to the healthy sport of BMX. This collaborative initiative will provide a 30 day membership to BMX for new riders across the country who sign up on PHA’s website. Once registered, the participant will receive a 30-day free trial membership to their local BMX track.
Posted by Arricca Elin SanSone, iVillage on August 24, 2012
Ed note: This week, First Lady Michelle Obama is guest editing the iVillage website. She worked with the editors there to create a weeklong series of great articles and videos with advice for families looking to Rev Up their Back to School Routine and introduce healthy new habits for everyone in the household. The editors of iVillage asked readers to share their own strategies for making changes stick in their families.