By Jueseppi B.
LOCAL OFFICIALS ARE GETTING INVOLVED WITH LET’S MOVE!
Local elected officials and communities dedicated to the First Lady’sLet’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) initiative werehonored at the National League of Cities (NLC) Congress of Cities and Exposition in Seattle, Washington earlier this month. Through a video message shared at the conference, the First Lady commended these officials for the tremendous work they have done to build stronger, healthier communities across the country. Mrs. Obama also urged all officials who aren’t currently involved to sign up for Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties and work together in order to make our communities more vibrant and give all our children the opportunities they deserve.
Communities can earn bronze, silver, and gold medals in each of the LMCTC initiative’s five goals, which encourage local leaders and officials to foster environments that support healthy eating and physical activity for children in their communities. Nearly 400 mayors, city councilmembers, and other local elected officials were honored for their participation in LMCTC, and 18 communities received awardsfor their achievements. Since July 2012, NLC has awarded 1,274 medals to participating LMCTC local officials and their communities.
Click here for more information about how to sign up your community with Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties!
MORE SUPPORT FOR LET’S MOVE! IN INDIAN COUNTRY
Leaders from the Indian Health Service (IHS) and the Notah Begay III Foundation met at the White House this month to sign a Memorandum of Understanding formalizing a partnership in support of Let’s Move!in Indian Country (LMIC). The two organizations will work together to curb and prevent childhood obesity in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. LMIC, as part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move!initiative, was established to engage tribal leaders and members to provide a healthier environment for children in their communities.
“Today’s partnership is an important step towards helping Native American youth lead healthier lives,” said Sam Kass, Let’s Move!Executive Director. “With LMIC, we’ve seen tribal leaders engage their communities by creating food policy councils and reintroducing sports like lacrosse into schools, but we know there is more work to be done to ensure all our children have the healthy futures they deserve.”
Click here to learn more about Let’s Move! in Indian Country.
LET’S MOVE! EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SAM KASS AT AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION‘S SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS 2013
Last week, Executive Director of Let’s Move! Sam Kass spoke during the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Scientific Sessions 2013 in Dallas, Texas. During his remarks, Kass highlighted the key goals and progress that First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative has worked toward and achieved over the past four years.
New research presented at the AHA’s Scientific Sessions showed that in the United States, kids’ cardiovascular endurance performance declined approximately six percent per decade between 1970 and 2000. It also reported that around the world, children are about 15 percent less fit than their parents were when they were young. Despite progress that has been made, it is important that we continue to work hard to reverse the trend of inactivity in this country. Kass called on Americans to work toward making physical activity easier and more fun for kids and families.
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Choose whole fruit over juices. Eating the whole fruit contains added fiber that helps you feel fuller, longer!
First Lady Michelle Obama Talks Let’s Move! with the American Public Health Association
As Let’s Move! approaches its fourth year, First Lady Michelle Obama discussed how the initiative is changing the way kids eat and stay active in the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) November edition of their publication, The Nation’s Health. In the Q&A, Mrs. Obama focused on what progress Let’s Move! has already made and discussed how businesses and the public health sector can do their part in supporting healthier kids and families by making the healthy choice the easy choice for families. Additionally, she stressed the importance of collaborative efforts between all sectors of society in working toward the common goal of ensuring kids and families are healthy.
GSA and Let’s Move! Provide Healthy Options for Federal Child Care Centers
By meeting the goals of the Let’s Move! Child Care Challenge, the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Child Care Centers have become leaders in demonstrating how to create a healthy environment for their children. The 106 child care centers have worked to successfully meet the Let’s Move! Child Care checklist, which consists of the following principles: physical activity, limits on screen time, serving healthy food and beverages, and infant feeding options for parents. GSA and all its providers will continue to work to make a stronger community by offering programs similar to those incorporated within their child care centers.
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