Ready, set, play! The National Park Trust is sponsoring its National Kids to Parks Day on Saturday, which urges children and their families to spend time in the great outdoors. First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Outside! initiative is among the partners taking part, alongside the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Children & Nature Network, the NFL Players Association, America’s State Parks, the National Wildlife Federation and the U.S. Department of Interior.
An Old Dominion school district designed an elementary school campus to promote physical activity and healthy eating, ABC News reports. The cafeteria design allows kids to see where their food is being prepared and look out at the soon-to-be-planted school garden.
Public health organizations, researchers and nonprofit groups across the nation are planning to take part in a special Instant Recess break on May 7 to honor Dr. Toni Yancey, who passed away on April 23. Organizers at the Prevention Institute are asking people to take 10 minutes at 4 p.m. EST for a quick activity break, following the moves in the video to the left. Participants also are encouraged to share photos or videos from their recess on social media by using the hashtag #InstantRecess.
The article below originally appeared in the May 2 edition of the Leader-exclusive Inside Track newsletter. Click here to register to be a Leader.People across the childhood obesity movement are remembering the extraordinary life of Dr. Antronette Yancey, who passed away on April 23 after a long battle with lung cancer. Yancey, who went by the name Toni, was 55.
When one Minnesota high school began to serve healthier meals, it ended up selling more of them, the Star Tribune reports. Washburn High School head cook Betty Danielson said that the school sold an average of 525 lunches a day before making the healthy changes — but now the school sells at least 660 each day.
In case you somehow missed it, more than 200,000 people from across the childhood obesity movement sent comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture supporting nutrition guidelines for school snacks and drinks. More than 135,000 PreventObesity.net Leaders and Supporters raised their voice for healthy snacks and beverages.
How do you like them apples?More than 200,000 people wrote to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in support of proposed nutritional guidelines for snack foods and drinks in schools, including more than 135,000 PreventObesity.net Leaders and Supporters like you!Because YOU and hundreds of thousands of people raised their voice to support our kids, the USDA will know there is vast public support for this vital effort. Thank you so very much!
REMINDER: Just FOUR DAYS Left to Take Action for Healthy School Snacks!What are you waiting for? You only have until April 9 to tell the U.S. Department of Agriculture that you support healthy snacks and drinks in schools.
PreventObesity.net Director Marty Kearns sent an email to the network on Tuesday asking those who have not yet sent comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture voicing support for nutrition guidelines for school snacks and drinks take action.
Dear PreventObesity.net Leaders and Supporters,I’m writing to share exciting news about the future of PreventObesity.net.As you may know, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and American Heart Association (AHA) have joined forces to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015. RWJF is providing AHA with nearly $10 million in initial funding to create and manage an advocacy initiative focused on changing public policies across America to help young people eat healthier and be more active.