Nearly a year ago, the First Lady began a national conversation with America’s children about proper nutrition and the role food plays in living a healthy life. That discussion grew into the Let’s Move! campaign. The campaign will combat the epidemic of childhood obesity through a comprehensive approach that builds on effective strategies, and mobilizes public and private sector resources.
Reading five books over the summer prevents learning loss. Working with DOE, Let's Read. Let's Move. will increase awareness about the critical importance of summer learning and encourage Americans to read to children. Additionally, DOE’s 2010 Summer Enrichment Series will invite Cabinet members, Administration officials, and other public figures to read children’s books, promote healthy lifestyles, and participate in games and fitness activities with children in pre-kindergarten through third grade.
One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to get youth active is by playing outside. This summer initiative, in collaboration with Let’s Move Outside!, provides parents the tools, ideas, and tips they need to get their families moving outdoors. Parents and kids are encouraged to bike through National Parks to improve endurance and balance, explore the country by hiking a local trail, and set aside time for play to improve children’s mental and physical health.
Youth need 60 minutes of active play time each day. Through the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS), Let's Read. Let's Move. will get more youth physically active. HHS hopes that thousands of young people across the country will take part in the President’s Active Lifestyle program and log their activity online. Toolkits provide parents, educators and groups information on ways to participate in the President's Challenge and the program’s rules.
Hunger doesn’t take a break in the summer. USDA and Let's Read. Let's Move. will encourage America’s children to plant community gardens through the People’s Garden Initiative, and use volunteers to connect children with healthy foods and meals as part of the Summer Food Service Program. Toolkits provide individuals and organizations guidance on building community gardens and ways to volunteer to deliver meals to youth.
There are more than 16,000 public libraries and 17,000 museums in
the United States. They are cornerstones for community service and
great partners that can keep the nation's children learning and
active all summer long. Working with the IMLS, Let's Read. Let's
Move. will be a catalyst for partnerships among libraries,
museums and community organizations to help children develop a love
of learning that can last a lifetime.
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