Halloween at the Whitehouse ~ Let’sMove!

 Let’s Move this week
November 1, 2011


The President and First Lady celebrated Halloween on Saturday night by welcoming local students and children of military families to the White House for some trick-or-treating. They gave out cookies, White House M&M’s, and dried fruit mix to kids who came by.

Watch the video:

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama give out Halloween treats on the North Portico of the White House, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Those pumpkins aren’t just for carving!

Try roasting the pumpkin seeds you scoop out or add pumpkin to your favorite fall recipe. It’s a healthy vegetable and packed with Vitamin A!


Last week, Mrs. Obama visited Chicago to discuss access to healthy food with mayors from around the country. Mayors shared best practices and explored new strategies that leaders can implement to support communities that lack the food they need.

Mrs. Obama and the mayors also visited a Walgreens that was expanded to include produce and other basic grocery staples. This store is one of 10 prototype stores that helped launch Walgreens’ commitment announced with the First Lady in July and is a model of what Walgreens plans to do in 1,000 stores in areas that need it most.

Following her remarks at Walgreens, Mrs. Obama and Mayor Emanuel visited Iron Street Urban Farms, a 7-acre site on Chicago’s south side that produces local, healthy, and sustainable food year-round. Iron Street is also the Chicago headquarters of Growing Power, and the farm hires local residents to learn about and work on the land, and sells to local restaurants and markets.

First Lady Michelle Obama learns about growing mushroom chandeliers from Erika Allen, National Outreach Director for Growing Power, during a tour of Iron Street Farm in Chicago, Ill., Oct. 25, 2011. Sam Kass, White House Assistant Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives, left, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel toured the seven-acre urban farm with Mrs. Obama. October 25, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)


In July, the First Lady announced a commitment with retailers Walgreens, Walmart, SuperValu, Calhoun Grocers and Shoprite to open or expand 1500 stores in communities with limited access to healthy, affordable throughout the nation. Across the U.S., 23.5 million Americans, including 6.5 million children, live in underserved communities where they do not have access to healthy foods at reasonable prices. The commitment announced in July is projected to bring healthier food to 9.5 million Americans currently lacking access.

Increasing access to healthy food is just one of the five pillars of Let’s Move!. Visit our website to learn more about food access and the other four pillars of Let’s Move!.


Physical activity is not just limited to running or playing sports. Find an activity that you like to do and stick with it. Some activites could include dancing, swimming, jumping rope, climbing a jungle gym, playing hopscotch, or swinging a hula hoop.



Three Steps to Active Success
by Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

Like all members of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, I care a lot about my health. I do my best to eat right and continually set goals for myself. Sometimes it’s as simple as taking a walk after dinner. Other times, it’s climbing a mountain, like my journey this summer to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. I spent seven days walking up the mountain in Tanzania – all at a steep grade while carrying a backpack. It was the most physically challenging thing I have ever done…and I loved it.

Youth Leadership gets United Church of Christ Moving
Sometimes all it takes is a 14-year old girl with a big vision to get people across the country up and moving! Eboni Imani Joy Rowe, a member of the United Church of Christ (UCC), inspired parishioners young and old to move together during a UCC youth-sponsored spontaneous flash mob dance at their General Synod in Tampa, Florida. At the request of Barbara Baylor, UCC’s Minister for Health Care Justice and leader of UCC’s Let’s Move programs, Eboni and her mom orchestrated a large dance event that got everyone off their feet.

The Mighty Eagles of Wilson Get Moving

Inspired by the First Lady’s Let’s Move Faith & Communities Initiative, Candy Taylor of the New Christian Food Pantry and Child Development Center rallied members of the low-income community she serves to form a walking group.

Catholic Charities in Chicago Embraces PALA

Among the employees of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, there was no lack of initiative in their collective decision to accept the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) challenge. The community enthusiastically embraced the challenge, seeking to use it as a means to lead their larger community towards becoming more involved in the First Lady’s Let’s Move Faith & Communities initiative, and to promote healthier lifestyles.

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