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Image description: Guinness Book of World Records holder John Cassidy performs a balloon act for First Lady Michelle Obama in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House. Cassidy performed for kids on the South Lawn before the First Lady launched a challenge to break the Guinness World Records title for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period.
Official White House photo by Chuck Kennedy

Image description: Guinness Book of World Records holder John Cassidy performs a balloon act for First Lady Michelle Obama in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House. Cassidy performed for kids on the South Lawn before the First Lady launched a challenge to break the Guinness World Records title for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period.

Official White House photo by Chuck Kennedy

Stay Active Outside This Summer

Michelle Obama with children in the White House garden

First Lady Michelle Obama works with chefs and students in the White House Kitchen Garden during the “Let’s Move!” chefs event.

According to statistics, approximately 1/3 of American children are overweight or obese. First Lady Michelle Obama started the Let’s Move campaign to solve the challenge of childhood obesity and encourage healthy and active lifestyles. Let’s Move is not just for children; it rallies children, families, schools, chefs, and entire communities to explore ways to keep children healthy.

“Let’s Move Outside”, offers suggestions about outdoor activities that are perfect for summertime, with links to places to play, bike, swim. You can also find action plans to help you join the effort. Some tips include:

  • Keep fresh fruit within a child’s reach
  • Move everyday
  • Try new fruits and vegetables
  • Reduce the number of snacks served each day
  • Plan meals for the week and encourage children to help make dinner
  • Get active during TV commercial breaks

To stay up to date on the latest ways to keep your family healthy from Let’s Move, sign up for email updates, take the pledge, or attend a Lets Move meet up in your city to connect with others that are committed to the health of America’s children.

Image from the Presidential Libraries:

Betty Ford
April 8, 1918 - July 8, 2011
To honor the remarkable and inspiring life of Betty Ford, Our Presidents will be sharing photos and stories about the former First Lady.  Here, President and Mrs. Ford hug each other in the Oval Office.  December 6, 1974. 
From the Ford Presidential Library and Museum. 

Image from the Presidential Libraries:

Betty Ford

April 8, 1918 - July 8, 2011

To honor the remarkable and inspiring life of Betty Ford, Our Presidents will be sharing photos and stories about the former First Lady.  Here, President and Mrs. Ford hug each other in the Oval Office.  December 6, 1974.

From the Ford Presidential Library and Museum