April 09, 2010

Let's Move! initiative keeps things moving along

This afternoon at the White House, the First Lady convened a task force of childhood obesity experts, government officials, industry leaders and community activists to come up with a strategy on how to make communities healthier for children. For more than four hours, they discussed how to provide healthy food at schools; improve access to healthy, affordable food in local communities; and get kids more physically active.

Access to playgrounds was a big part of the physical activity break-out session, and the panel came up with the following recommendations:

  • Extend the school day and include physical activity as a key part of the day
  • Define "physical activity" and make sure the definition is not just limited to include sports
  • Focus on the built environment with play spaces that are NOT just for team sports
  • Create safe walking routes to parks
  • Invest in parks infrastructure
  • Promote joint-use agreements as a way to increase access to existing spaces
  • Aggregate and disseminate replicable best practices
  • Focus on engaging parents

We couldn't agree more and look forward to working with communities across the country to implement some of these recommendations.

For more details and to read the First Lady's opening remarks, check out the official White House Blog.

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