Get on Board with Let’s Move! for National Nutrition Month
By Sam Kass, Executive Director of Let’s Move!
In the midst of a growing epidemic, First Lady Michelle Obama created the Let’s Move! initiative in 2010 to help kids grow up healthy and have the opportunity to live up to their boundless potential. Since then, Mrs. Obama has encouraged families across the nation to make healthy eating and staying active a top priority.
Four years later, parents, teachers, local leaders, and faith-based organizations have come together in communities across the country to support the health of all kids, and we’re already seeing results. March is National Nutrition Month, which gives us an opportunity to focus on ways to eat better and move more.
First Lady Michelle Obama harvests vegetables with students in the White House Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn, May 28, 2013 (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
This March, bring healthy to your community with these fun tips, tools, and activities:
Eat Healthy! Let’s Move! offers parents and kids the support and information they need to make healthy choices. An easy tool to use, MyPlate is a quick visual reminder to make healthy food choices. Make half your plate fruits and vegetables! And, eating healthy doesn’t have to cost more. Click here to find out how to eat healthy on a budget or try some new healthy recipes!
Start Your Own Garden! In 2009, the First Lady broke ground on the White House Kitchen Garden with students from Washington DC’s Bancroft Elementary School. In the four years since it began, the Garden has produced hundreds of pounds of food, fed the First Family and visiting dignitaries, and supported local food pantries. To learn how to start your own garden, click here. Or, visit a garden near you to spend a day with your family at a Let’s Move! Garden for ideas on how to model your own garden at home or at school.
Get Active! To stay healthy, all kids need at least 60 minutes of play before, during, and after school. Let’s Move! Active Schools helps champions create active environments that enable all kids to get moving. Sign your school up today!
Incorporating a nutritious diet into our daily routine is key to leading a happy and healthy life. Follow Let’s Move!, HHS, and USA.gov’s lead during National Nutrition Month by providing your family with the nutrients they need to reach their full potential.