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Posted by Dr. Regina Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General on March 8, 2010
There is perhaps no more serious challenge to the nation's health and well-being than that posed by childhood obesity. Last week, I testified about the issue before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (HELP). I told our elected leaders that we need to change the national conversation on obesity, that we need to create healthier environments in our communities, and that government can't solve the problem alone.
Posted by Alexandra Traber, Office of The First Lady on March 6, 2010
On Friday, First Lady Michelle Obama joined local elementary school students for a soccer clinic in Washington, DC.
Posted by Kori Schulman, The White House Associate Director of New Media on March 5, 2010
On Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama travelled to Jackson, Mississippi to visit two local schools and discuss ways to promote healthy schools as part of the recently launched Let's Move! campaign.
Posted by Jenny Backus, Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services on March 5, 2010
As part of the Let's Move! initiative, we are taking a closer look at Americans' dietary and physical activity habits in an effort to better understand how we can empower consumers to make better choices.  The Health and Diet survey from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a helpful tool in providing a snapshot of the nation's dietary habits.
Posted by Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., Commissioner of Food and Drugs on March 5, 2010
The scientists, regulators, inspectors, and others at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are eager to join First Lady Michelle Obama and our Lets Move! partners in the fight against childhood obesity.
Posted by Cross-posted from the <a href=""> White House Blog</a> on March 4, 2010
The First Lady traveled to Jackson, Mississippi today to spend time with students, officials and experts discussing a deeply important issue, not just as a First Lady, but as a mother. And that's childhood obesity.
Posted by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services on March 3, 2010
Last weekend I had the privilege of traveling to Vancouver to attend the final days of the 2010 Winter Olympics. While I was there, I was inspired by the talent, sportsmanship, and perseverance of the athletes - and their commitment to staying healthy and fit.
Posted by Secretary Tom Vilsack, U.S. Department of Agriculture on March 3, 2010
The timing of the School Nutrition Association's (SNA) annual legislative action conference couldn't have been better as USDA and the Obama Administration continue working on advancing the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act. I really appreciated the opportunity to address the national organization representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals who are on the front lines of the effort to improve the health and nutrition of our nation's children.
Posted on March 2, 2010
The First Lady addressed the School Nutrition Association's Legislative Action Conference on Monday to discuss the importance of school nutrition as part of the recently launched Let's Move campaign. Tens of millions of children receive more than half of their daily calories at school through school lunch and school breakfast programs.
Posted by Secretary Tom Vilsack, U.S. Department of Agriculture on February 25, 2010
On Tuesday, President Obama and I took another step towards eliminating childhood hunger and improving the nutrition, health, and wellbeing of all Americans - particularly our children. At a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., I detailed this Administration's vision for a healthy America and the goals we will achieve to get there. Good nutrition is not only vital to the long-term health of children; it is an integral part of improving academic performance and ensuring future generations are competitive in a global economy.
Posted by Cammie Croft, Deputy New Media Director at The White House on February 24, 2010
Cross-posted from the White House blog. Food desert? What's a food desert? As part of Let's Move! , the campaign to end childhood obesity, First Lady Michelle Obama is taking on food deserts. These are nutritional wastelands that exist across America in both urban and rural communities where parents and children simply do not have access to a supermarket. Some 23.5 million Americans - including 6.5 million children - currently live in food deserts. Watch the video below and learn what the First Lady is doing to help families in these areas across the country.
Posted by Jennifer Anderson, PH.D., R.D., Professor and Extension Specialist on February 24, 2010
As a parent, do mealtimes feel like a battle between you and your children? I hear many parents talking about how their child is a picky eater, and they have a hard time introducing new foods. And how hard can it be to get them out the door and away from the TV? What would it be like if they actually liked trying new foods and being active?
Posted by Cammie Croft, Deputy New Media Director at The White House on February 23, 2010
Cross-posted from the White House blog With Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack in tow, First Lady Michelle Obama traveled to Philadelphia yesterday as part of the Let's Move! campaign, a nationwide effort to rally the country around one goal, ending the epidemic of childhood obesity.
Posted by Dr. Regina Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General on February 18, 2010
My job as U.S. Surgeon General is to provide Americans with the best information available on how to improve their health and reduce the risk of illness and injury. That's why I am proud to work with First Lady Michelle Obama's campaign to improve the health of our nation's children.
Posted by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on February 18, 2010
I am so pleased by the response from the education community to the First Lady's call - "Let's Move." Since the launch of this national initiative to fight childhood obesity, education groups are rallying around this national initiative to fight childhood obesity. They recognize that children learn and develop in school so many of the habits that will be with them for a lifetime.