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Posted by Bruce Jacobson, Superintendent, Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area on August 22, 2011
Under sunny skies, nearly 400 youth and their parents gathered for the first Spectacle Island 5K Race and Kids Fun Run, as a part of Boston Harbor Islands national park area's Let's Move! Outside Junior Ranger Program. Each turn of the course offered views of surrounding islands, harbor coastline, with the city skyline in the distance. The winner finished the race in just over 17 minutes running "barefoot," while others walked the race in just under an hour.
Posted by Ari Schoenholtz on August 18, 2011
The YMCA of Austin, Texas, is coming up with innovative and creative ways to make combating childhood obesity a local priority. The YMCA partnered with the Mayor’s Fitness Council to kick off Let’s Move Austin in January, and has since become an inspirational model of leadership and cooperation with the Let's Move Faith and Communities initiative!
Posted by Katie Koh, Intern for the Let’s Move! Initiative on August 17, 2011
On August 4, the farmers' market by the White House was bustling with individuals celebrating World Breastfeeding Week and National Farmers Market Week. The festival’s purpose was to recognize the value of farmers' markets and the role that nutritious fruits and vegetables play in promoting wellness. The event featured the dedication of a new USDA-funded Woman, Infants, and Children (WIC) mobile clinic. The District of Columbia uses the mobile clinic to travel to medically underserved areas and provide services to nearby residents. Mobile clinics are an important part of increasing access to services like nutrition assistance.
Posted by Dr. Howard Koh, HHS Assistant Secretary for Health on August 16, 2011
Late last month, I had the privilege of joining more than 2,300 fellow Health and Human Services (HHS) employees for a great night at the Washington Nationals’ baseball game and to promote a national movement to help our Nation get more active. And throwing out the first pitch was an added honor and joy!
Posted by Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition on August 11, 2011
Imagine swimming four fast laps of a pool, jumping out dripping wet, and riding a bike for 2.1 miles—all before putting on running shoes to cover over a one-mile stretch to the finish line. I get tired just thinking about one of those segments, let alone doing all three.
Posted by Lauren Darensbourg, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition on August 10, 2011
On Thursday, August 4, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition got active with more than 300 local teenagers at the 40thAnnual Tuskegee Airmen National Convention in Washington, D.C. Council staff – on behalf of Let’s Move! and Joining Forces – spoke to the teens about how being active every day will help them become “fit to fight” in the Armed Forces. We closed out each session with a “dance-off” and gave prizes for the most creative, high-energy routines.  Those kids really know how to move!
Posted by Marissa Duswalt, R.D., USDA Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships on August 4, 2011
Since First Lady Michelle Obama’s recent announcement of a private sector commitment to build or expand 1,500 food stores, Americans across the countryhave been inspired to increase their communities’ access to healthy, affordable food. Ample Harvest has risen to the First Lady’s challenge to faith and communityleaders to make fresh produce available for at least 10,000 locations in America through Let’s Move!, her initiative to reverse childhood obesity. Since it began partnering with Let’s Move Faith and Communities, Ample Harvest has brought fresh produce to more than 4,000 food pantries across the country. In July, 100new food pantries joined the movement.
Posted by Mahak Nayyar, Senior Public Health Advisor on August 2, 2011
Sharing, systems, and strategies! These three “S” words kicked off the first ever Regional Mid-Atlantic Let’s Move Summit in Baltimore, MD, hosted by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture.  With over 350 community leaders from a wide range of backgrounds, including community health workers, activists, nutritionists, educators, sports and exercise experts, and child care providers, participants were empowered to turn energy into action! Several hundred Let’s Move supporters gathered at the summit to build coalitions, share strategies and best practices to reduce childhood hunger and curb childhood obesity. Three tracks were offered, including Early Childhood, Healthy Schools, and Healthy Communities, allowing participants to choose the area that best aligned with their work and interests.
Posted by Dean Fluker, Department of Health and Human Services on August 1, 2011
The nearly 1,500 people who gathered in two city parks Wednesday for the 4th Annual All-City Play Day evening proved that this Iowa community knows how to play.
Posted by Joanne Grossi, HHS Regional Director for DE, PA, MD, WV, VA, DC on August 1, 2011
Last month “The Erie on the Move Taskforce,” Erie, Pennsylvania’s local chapter of the Let’s Move! Campaign, hosted a day of fun at the Holland Street Playground in inner city Erie. Entitled “Let’s Move at the Playground,” it offered an opportunity for over 100 neighborhood kids to get out and move while bringing neighbors and community members together to enjoy one of Erie’s public parks.
Posted by Marissa Duswalt, Truman-Albright Fellow, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships on July 29, 2011
Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA), a faith-based disaster relief and development organization, celebrated theinauguration of its Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, July 21, at An Nur School in Lanham, Maryland. The ceremony also marked the IRUSA’s support of Let’s Move Faith and Communities, First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative to engage faith-based and secular non-profit organizations in feeding kids over the summer when school is out.
Posted by Jennifer Seymour, CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity on July 26, 2011
A salad bar in every school. That’s a tall order when you are responsible for 53 schools and none of them have salad bars. But, inspired by Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools (LMSB2S), Cincinnati Public Schools Food Service Director, Jessica Shelly, took on the challenge and secured funding from six different organizations to purchase salad bars for all 53 Cincinnati Schools. Starting this fall, all 34,000 Cincinnati Public School students will have access to a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables every day at their school’s salad bar.
Posted by Nikki Sutton on July 26, 2011
Cross Posted from WhiteHouse.Gov  Watch First Lady Michelle Obama's full remarks here. Today, First Lady Michelle Obama announced nationwide commitments from major food retailers to open or expand over 1,500 stores to help provide healthy, affordable food to millions of people in areas that do not currently have easy access to fresh, nutritious food. Across the country, 23.5 million Americans – including 6.5 million children – live in underserved communities that do not have readily available fresh foods for reasonable prices.
Posted by Nikki Sutton on July 26, 2011
This morning, First Lady Michelle Obama made the following statement on McDonald's Announcement:
Posted by Ezra Mechaber on July 22, 2011
White House executive chef Cris Comerford stopped by NBC's The Today Show to share a few stories, as well as some healthy recipes. After preparing State Dinners and big luncheons, Cris was given one of her most challenging assignments yet: cooking healthy food for 5th graders, and making sure they liked it. The recipes she shares are easy and quick, but best of all – they’re also healthy. Check out the video and then try out the recipe below!