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Cartwheeling for a Cause

Work it out, Girl Scouts! Taking a lead from United We Serve: Let’s Read. Let’s Move, a Girl Scout troop from Waldorf, Maryland decided to cartwheel their way to better health and literacy. Brownie Troop 6202 joined forces with the Charles County Public Library, holding their first annual “Cartwheel-a-thon for a Cause” last month at White Plains Regional Park in White Plains, Maryland.

Introducing the New and Improved

The new Let's Move! website is live and has some great tools to help you get healthier and more active this summer. Yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama sent an email that announces some of the new features for the website:

As a mother, I know there is nothing more important than a child's health. But today, obesity threatens the health of one out of three American children. That's why we launched Let's Move! -- a nationwide effort to solve the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation.

Happier kids: A KaBOOM! build, one year later

Ed. Note: This blog post is cross-posted from Kaboom!'s blog.

Moving with the Mighty Milers

Summer is a great opportunity for communities to address two of the challenges facing kids nationwide when school lets out: unhealthy eating habits and the summer reading gap. That’s why First Lady Michelle Obama has launched the Administration-wide Let’s Read.

Federal Partners Help Kids Exercise

U. S. Department of the Interior (DOI)

One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to get youth active is by playing outside. This summer initiative, in collaboration with Let’s Move Outside!, provides parents the tools, ideas, and tips they need to get their families moving outdoors. Parents and kids are encouraged to bike through National Parks to improve endurance and balance, explore the country by hiking a local trail, and set aside time for play to improve children’s mental and physical health.

Monkey Crawling to Health

The best part about volunteering for Saturday Academy is, of course, the kids. Dragging myself out of bed at 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning seems like a chore, until I arrive at 930 a.m. and hear the team leaders describe the activities for the day: indoor kickball, human knots and the favorite old stand-by of kid science projects everywhere: the baking soda and vinegar volcano. Then the kids show up, and the BIG fun starts! My favorite station, to my own surprise –I’ve gotten a bit soft these last few years – is Strong Body.


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