By: Dr. Ian Smith, PCFSN Council member, Bestselling Author, and National Healthy Living Expert
As a physician and sports enthusiast it’s important to make sure I’m fueling my body with healthy, nutritious foods to stay fit and focused. It’s not only critical for me personally, but also as a dad. I want to make sure my kids grow up and develop their own healthy eating habits so they can lead long, active and productive lives. This all starts with breakfast. Each morning, my wife and I make sure to provide our kids with a healthy and tasty meal to start their day and give them the boost they need for an active day.
By: Elyse Cohen, Deputy Director, Let’s Move!
School is back in session and what better way to celebrate than by breaking a sweat? Yesterday afternoon, First Lady Michelle Obama joined students from Orr Elementary in Washington D.C. along with some stellar athletes for the Let’s Move! Active Schools Back to School event. The First Lady spoke to educators and administrators about the important role that schools and their teachers have in fostering a healthier environment for this generation of kids.
By: Dominique Dawes, PCFSN Co-Chair and Three-time Olympic Gymnast
At a very early age, I learned about the value of healthy eating. By the time I was 11 years old and training daily as a gymnast, I knew that eating right would help me achieve my goals. The goals I had for health, athletics, and academic performance were all tied to eating nutritious foods, and that started with breakfast. As an adult, I’ve maintained goals for fitness and health and that’s why I make sure to start each morning with a healthy breakfast.
By: HHS Office of Global Affairs
On July 17, Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, gave a keynote address at the first U.S.-Mexico Border Obesity Summit, held in McAllen, Texas. Sponsored by the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission, the Summit convened more than 200 federal, state, and local partners from both countries to share data, identify effective prevention strategies, and to promote partnerships. Mexico and the United States have the world’s first and second highest rates of obesity, respectively, according to a June 2013 report of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. The common border region is especially hard hit by the obesity epidemic.
By: Claudia Gordon
The Special Olympics honor a tradition that started more than fifty years ago with a little creativity, a lot of heart, and a big backyard at Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s house. Today, that simple day camp has grown into one of the biggest sporting competitions in the world for people with intellectual disabilities. Here at the White House, we’re already looking forward to the next games.