Oct 11 2016

Presidential Proclamation — National School Lunch Week, 2016

NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH WEEK, 2016 - - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Seventy years ago, President Harry Truman signed the National School Lunch Act, declaring "Nothing is more important in our national life than the welfare of our children, and proper nourishment comes first in attaining this welfare." This Act created the National School Lunch Program and provided lunch to 7 million children in its first year -- today, more than 30 million children depend on it each day. As we observe the 70th anniversary of this program, we recommit to ensuring access to proper nutrition throughout the school day for all our young people so that they may pursue their education and chase their dreams. Since the beginning of my Administration, I have worked to build on the legacy of the National School Lunch Program. In 2010, the Congress passed and I signed into law the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which increased the number of students who could get subsidized or free school meals and improved the quality of school meals. For children from low-income households, meals provided by the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program may be their only reliable source of nutrition throughout the day. We are working to increase access for more children, including by using Medicaid data to automatically connect eligible students in need ...

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Jun 02 2015

Happy Birthday to MyPlate!!!!

Celebrate MyPlate’s 4th Birthday All Week Long! //   Today is MyPlate's birthday and we want to celebrate this milestone with you! It was exactly 4 years ago today, on June 2, 2011, that MyPlate was first introduced, replacing the food guide pyramids with which many of us grew up. MyPlate has been inspiring healthy plates for 4 years! And now we have a library of MyPlates in multiple languages for you to use and share.  Adding to the English version and the Spanish MiPlato, this suite of MyPlate icons in 20 languages is accompanied by a translated tip sheet. The translated resources can be used by educators, public health groups, and others to reach more Americans with healthy eating messages based on the Dietary Guidelines. Find tips for enjoying foods from many cultures here. Join our celebration all week long on Facebook or Twitter and tell us what MyPlate means to you!

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Dec 01 2012

How much physical activity do children need?

Children and adolescents should do 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity each day. This may sound like a lot, but don't worry! Your child may already be meeting the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. And, you'll soon discover all the easy and enjoyable ways to help your child meet the recommendations. Encourage your child to participate in activities that are age-appropriate, enjoyable and offer variety! Just make sure your child or adolescent is doing three types of physical activity: Aerobic Activity Aerobic activity should make up most of your child's 60 or more minutes of physical activity each day. This can include either moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, or vigorous-intensity activity, such as running. Be sure to include vigorous-intensity aerobic activity on at least 3 days per week. Muscle Strengthening Include muscle strengthening activities, such as gymnastics or push-ups, at least 3 days per week as part of your child's 60 or more minutes. Bone Strengthening Include bone strengthening activities, such as jumping rope or running, at least 3 days per week as part of your child's 60 or more minutes. How do I know if my child's aerobic activity is moderate- or vigorous-intensity? Here are two ways to think about moderate- and vigorous-intensity: Want examples? As a rule of thumb, on a scale of 0 to 10, where sitting is a 0 and the highest level of activity is a 10, moderate-intensity activity is a ...

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Nov 20 2011

New Nerdel PSA : Nerdel Loves Fruits & Veggies: From My Garden to MyPlate

As many of you know already, the USDA has changed its eating and nutritional educational system from a pyramid to a plate (www.ChooseMyPlate.gov). All of the nutritional information is based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which is a structured knowledge base to help people make better nutritional choices. The main messages from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines and ChooseMyPlate.gov are the following: It’s okay to enjoy your meals but eat less Avoid overeating and sized portions Make half your plate fruits and veggies Switch to fat-free or low fat (1%) dairy products Follow a lower sodium diet Drink water in place of sugary beverages Cut back on solid fats (e.g. trans fats, saturated fats), refined grains and added sugars Eat more whole grains Add more veggies to each and every meal  The Nerdel Company, a multi media company that wants to empower kids all over the world with the knowledge and information to make healthier nutritional choices and improve their physical fitness, has produced a new PSA (Public Service Announcement) that encourages kids to eat more fruits and veggies and to grow them in their own garden. The short video, titled Nerdel Loves Fruits & Veggies: From My Garden To MyPlate,  features the amazing puppets of The Nerdel Company: Nerdel, Chef Mangel (pronounced Mahn-jel) and the Zeppets. You can see this entertaining and educational video at www.nerdel.com, at the top right corner. The Nerdel Company has also been ...

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May 07 2011

May 2011 Events Calendar – Graehm Gray

• National Physical Fitness and Sports Month (May 1-31) • Mother’s Day (May 8th) • National Physical Education and Sport Week (May 1-7) • National Women's Health Week (May 8-14) • Bike-to-Work Week (May 16-20) • National Employee Health and Fitness Day (May 18) • National Senior Health Fitness Day (May 25th) • National Salad Month* (May) • National Tap Dance Day (May 25th) • Memorial Day (May 30th) • United Nations: World No Tobacco Day (May 31st) My friends, for all of you salad lovers, this is the month to show your support. If you are not a consumer of plant foods, this is the time to give them a try. Salads are an amazingly healthy food item that offers many protective health benefits. And it’s also the month to get out and show your exercise support. Remember, regular exercise and eating healthy are the best ways to remain physically fit and protect yourself from many medical problems. Stay fit and healthy The Nerdel Way. Links: a. Salad Adventures* 101 and 102 at www.nerdel.com/blog b. Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans: www.health.gov/PAGuidelines/ c. Take the Million PALA Challenge: nerdel.com/blog d. President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Tool Kit: www.fitness.gov/resources/toolkit/index.html

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