Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. Combining comprehensive strategies with common sense, Let’s Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years. Giving parents helpful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices. Providing healthier foods in our schools. Ensuring that every family has access to healthy, affordable food. And, helping kids become more physically active. (<– straight from their website)
Check out the Let’s Move website for more information and tips on how to eat healthy and stay active.
The 5 simple steps to success for parents:
1. Keep fresh fruit in a bowl within your child’s reach to grab as a quick snack
2. Take a walk with your family after dinner
3. Plan a menu for a week. Get children involved in planning & cooking
4. Turn off the TV during meals and share some family time
5. Talk to the principal about organizing a school health team
The 5 simple steps to success for kids (and adults):
1. Move everyday!
2. Try new fruits & veggies
3. Drink lots of water
4. Do jumping jacks to break up TV time
5. Help make dinner
Salad Bars to Schools is part of the Let’s Move initiative. The goal is to get more fresh vegetables into the school lunch programs that fuel our kids 180 days a year. So far there has been over $1.6 million raised and 346,503 kids served through the program. The Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools website details the steps to getting a salad bar in your local school, including the grant application, donation and fundraising tips, and a timeline of when it could be installed in your school. Also, check out the map and see what schools are already benefiting from them.