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  • The Week in Photos: Let's Move! Fourth Anniversary

    The First Lady kicked off the celebration of the fourth anniversary of Let’s Move! last week by asking Americans across the country to show her how they are moving this country to a healthier new norm.

    She asked them to Tweet it, Facebook it,  or Instagram itusing the hashtag #LetsMove. She said if enough people showed us how they move, the President and the Vice President would show us how they move – and they delivered.

    For a full recap of this online campaign, check out the Let's Move! Storify page.

    And now, the week in photos:

    First Lady Michelle Obama at WAT-AHH event

    First Lady Michelle Obama talks with students after viewing WAT-AHH!'s "Taking Back the Streets" exhibit at the New Museum in New York, N.Y., Feb. 20, 2014. Participants include Sophia Rose Stewart-Chapman, a 13 year-old 8th grader and her classmates from the Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin School. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

    First Lady Michelle Obama Joins Jimmy Fallon

    First Lady Michelle Obama joins Jimmy Fallon onstage during "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" at the 30 Rock Studios in New York, N.Y., Feb. 20, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

    Watch First Lady Michelle Obama's appearance on Jimmy Fallon

    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks during a "Let's Move!" school wellness event

    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks during a "Let's Move!" school wellness event in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

    Learn more about the school wellness event.

    First Lady Michelle Obama participates in Zumba with Mario Lopez

    First Lady Michelle Obama participates in Zumba with Mario Lopez during a "Let's Move!" event in Miami, Fla., Feb. 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

    Read the First Lady's remarks from Miami.

    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks announcing proposed revisions to the Nutrition Facts label during a "Let's Move!" event in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 27, 2014.

    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks announcing proposed revisions to the Nutrition Facts label during a "Let's Move!" event in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

    Find out more about this announcement.

    First Lady Michelle Obama joins children for a Super Sprowtz show, a "Let's Move!" event at La Petite Academy child care center in Bowie, Md., Feb. 27, 2014.

    First Lady Michelle Obama joins children for a Super Sprowtz show, a "Let's Move!" event at La Petite Academy child care center in Bowie, Md., Feb. 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

    Check out the news from Let's Move! Child Care.


  • Let’s Move! Child Care Reaches Over 12,000 Providers Committed to Instilling Healthy Habits for Life

    First Lady Michelle Obama joins children for a Super Sprowtz show, a "Let's Move!" event at La Petite Academy child care center in Bowie, Md., Feb. 27, 2014.

    First Lady Michelle Obama joins children for a Super Sprowtz show, a "Let's Move!" event at La Petite Academy child care center in Bowie, Md., Feb. 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

    Ed. note. This is cross-posted from the Let's Move blog. See the original post here.

    This week, First Lady Michelle Obama visited a local child care center to highlight the progress of Let’s Move! Child Care and recognize a new child care provider signing on to support the program. Since launching in 2011, over 12,000 providers have committed to fostering healthy environments and instilling healthy habits among our nation’s preschoolers that will last a lifetime. Through Let’s Move! Child Care, providers are increasing physical activity, limiting screen time, serving healthier food and beverages, and supporting breastfeeding mothers. More than 1 million children are being reached by early childhood education networks that have committed to Let’s Move! Child Care.


  • West Wing Week 02/28/14 or "I Am My Brother's Keeper"

    This week, the President announced two new manufacturing hubs, and his "My Brother's Keeper" initiative, toured a new light rail system in St. Paul, Minnesota, and spoke on the importance of supporting American infrastructure jobs. The First Lady celebrated the fourth anniversary of her "Let's Move" Initiative with both Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, while the Vice President kicked off the inaugural episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers.


  • Helping Families Make Healthier Choices: FDA to Update Nutrition Facts Label

    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks announcing proposed revisions to the Nutrition Facts label during a "Let's Move!" event in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 27, 2014.

    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks announcing proposed revisions to the Nutrition Facts label during a "Let's Move!" event in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

    Ed. note. This is cross-posted from the Let's Move blog. See the original post here.

    This morning at the White House, the celebration of Let’s Move!’s fourth anniversary continued with another announcement demonstrating how the country is moving toward a healthier new norm. As part of continued efforts to ensure that parents have the information they need to make healthier choices, the First Lady was joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to announce proposed updates to the Nutrition Facts label, which is on over 700,000 products that you find in your local grocery store. 


  • Creating Healthier Out-of-School Environments for Kids Across the Country

    Ed. note: This is cross-posted from the Let's Move! blog. See the original post here.

    Continuing the celebration of the fourth anniversary of Let’s Move!, the First Lady traveled to Miami to visit a parks and recreation center to highlight a new announcement around healthy out-of-school time programs. In a commitment to the Partnership for a Healthier America, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America will work to create healthy environments for their out-of-school time programs.


  • Kids Teach the First Lady and Will Ferrell About Being Healthy

    Ed. note: This is cross-posted from the Let's Move! blog. See the original post here.

    Over and over again, we’re faced with the challenge of how to get kids to eat healthy foods and stay active, so who better to hear from than the kids themselves?

    In celebration of the fourth anniversary of Let’s Move!, the First Lady and Will Ferrell hosted a Let’s Move! “focus group” with young kids to ask them about eating healthy and being active. Here’s what they had to say:


  • The First Lady Wants to See How You Move

    Four years ago, the First Lady launched Let’s Move!, a nationwide initiative to create a healthier future for our kids and families. Last night, on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," she kicked off a week-long celebration to mark how far we’ve come:

    "One of the things we’ve realized over four years is that there’s a new norm going on. When we took this issue over, there were a lot of people who were critical; that you couldn’t really talk about obesity, that it might not be an issue. But now, over the past four years, communities have been changing. So the day of a child’s life is different from beginning to end. Daycare centers are changing what they feed kids; they’re getting them up and moving. Schools have new lunch standards. After-school programs are getting kids engaged."

    To mark the four-year anniversary, the First Lady is asking people of all ages to show her how they move through their everyday fitness routine, how they are making better food choices, or how they are helping move their community toward new standards of health for our kids. The First Lady even promised an exciting surprise: "The fun thing is, is that if we get enough of a response, we’ll have a little surprise: The President -- and maybe the Vice President -- will show us how they move."


  • First Lady Michelle Obama: "I Need You to See This"

    Yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama sent the message below to the White House email list, urging Americans across the country to visit HealthCare.gov and get covered.

    Didn't get the email? Join millions of other Americans and make sure you're in the loop.


    Hi,

    As a mom, I know life gets busy. Most folks already have way too much on their plates -- they shouldn't have to worry about health care coverage, too.

    We all deserve the security that comes from having health coverage that's there for us -- that we can count on when we need it most.

    If you still don't have health insurance, you can go to HealthCare.gov, compare your options, and pick a plan that fits your needs and your budget.

    And if you're already covered, make sure the people you love are covered, too.

    Millions of moms, dads, and Americans across the country have already picked out affordable plans that work for them. They've done this because they know that life throws you plenty of curveballs. That's what getting covered is all about: being ready for whatever comes your way.

    This isn't about politics -- it's about peace of mind for you and for your family.

    So if you still need health insurance, go to HealthCare.gov and select a plan.

    And if you're already covered, I need your help: Forward this message to a friend or loved one who needs to see it and make sure they've signed up for health insurance, too.

    Our health -- and the health of our families -- depends on it.

    Thanks,

    First Lady Michelle Obama


  • West Wing Week 2/14/14 or, "The Red, White, and Blue -- and the Blue, White, and Red"

    This week, the President hosted the first state visit for the French President in 20 years, signed the farm bill and raised the minimum wage for federal contractors. That's February 7th  to February 13th or, "The Red, White, and Blue -- and the Blue, White, and Red."


  • Behind the Scenes at the France State Dinner: See the Menu

    President François Hollande of France raises a toast with President Barack Obama during the State Dinner on the South Lawn

    President Barack Obama raises his glass in a toast with President François Hollande of France during the State Dinner at the White House, Feb. 11, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

    Update: Read President Obama and President Hollande's remarks in an exchange of toasts at tonight's state dinner.

    This evening, the President and Mrs. Obama will host a state dinner in honor of President François Hollande of France. The French State Dinner menu and theme was inspired by the shared history and friendship between the United States and France.  

    White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford and White House Executive Pastry Chef William Yosses have created a menu that features delicacies from across the United States and celebrates the best of American cuisine. The menu incorporates produce grown by farmers across the country and those grown here at the White House in the White House Kitchen Garden. 

    Go behind the scenes in the White House kitchen to see how Chefs Comerford and Yosses prepared for tonight's meal, then check out what's on the menu below.