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Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »
New Interactive Map for the First Lady’s Let’s Move Health Initiative
April 16th, 2015 by Susan Smith
I was pleased to hear about this White House announcement that the First Lady will join students from across the country to plant the White House Kitchen Garden for the seventh year in a row. In 2009, Mrs. Obama planted a vegetable garden on the South Lawn to initiate a national conversation around the health and wellbeing of our nation—a conversation that evolved into her Let’s Move! initiative.
Since Mrs. Obama launched Let’s Move! in 2010, parents, business leaders, educators, elected officials, military leaders, chefs, physicians, athletes, childcare providers, community and faith leaders, and kids themselves have stepped up to improve the health of our nation’s children.
My own grandson attends a public elementary school that has its own garden, complete with a greenhouse, growing vegetables, flowers and herbs. The children can join the garden club and when some of the crops are ready, the school sells some potted plants to parents and any other interested parties.
Mrs. Obama will announce a new interactive map to be available to the public online, as part of the fifth anniversary of Let’s Move! Built on Esri’s ArcGIS Online platform, the map allows users to search for their location (city or ZIP) to see what schools, localities, or organizations near them are participating in a Let’s Move! program. You can also view a full-screen app to explore each program individually.
The map also showcases the impact of Let’s Move! Programs across the nation and makes it easier for citizens to get involved in community efforts. In addition, the First Lady will share a special #GimmeFive garden challenge as part of her Let’s Move! fifth anniversary challenge encouraging Americans to #GimmeFive things they are doing to lead healthier lives.
According to the White House press release, since 2010, ten programs have begun under Let’s Move! (full list below). Mrs. Obama has invited children from schools and locations that participate in these Let’s Move! programs — representing the millions of Americans that have been impacted by Let’s Move!—to join her at this year’s garden planting. These programs were launched in collaboration with federal agencies, businesses, and non-profits to mobilize every sector to work in alignment with the overall goals of Let’s Move! and offer solutions, objectives, and technical assistance to help kids and families lead healthier lives.
Children from the following Let’s Move! programs will participate in the planting:
Let’s Move! Active Schools (LMAS)
Let’s Move! Active Schools is the national solution to ensure 60 minutes of physical activity is the new norm for schools.
Let’s Move! Child Care (LMCC)
Let’s Move! Child Care is a nationwide call-to-action that empowers child care and early education providers to make positive health changes in children that could last a lifetime.
Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC)
Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties assists local elected officials as they implement policy and environmental changes to prevent childhood obesity.
Let’s Move! Faith and Communities (LMFC)
Let’s Move! Faith and Communities encourages faith-based and neighborhood organizations to initiate, expand, and coordinate activities that make their communities places of wellness for kids and families.
Let’s Move! in Indian Country (LMIC)
Let’s Move! in Indian Country seeks to improve the health of American Indian and Alaska Native children, who are affected by childhood obesity at some of the highest rates in the country.
Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens (LMMG)
Through Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens, museums of all types — from children’s museums and public gardens to zoos, science centers, and art and history museums — inspire healthy habits.
Let’s Move! Outside (LMO)
Let’s Move! Outside was created to get kids and families to take advantage of America’s great outdoors-which abound in every city, town and community.
Let’s Move! Salad Bars to Schools (LMSB2S)
Let’s Move! Salad Bars to Schools has a simple, yet lofty goal, for every school in the United States to have a salad bar so that every child — from elementary school, to middle school, to high school — has daily access to healthy foods.
Let’s Read! Let’s Move! (LRLM)
Let’s Read! Let’s Move! is an initiative that aims to increase awareness about the critical importance of learning, nutrition, and physical activity through reading.
Chefs Move to Schools (CMTS)
Chefs Move to Schools encourages chefs to volunteer in schools and partner with teachers, parents, school nutritionists, food service directors, and administrators.
In addition, Mrs. Obama will be joined in the garden by students from Bancroft Elementary School and Harriet Tubman Elementary School, who have been active participants in the White House Kitchen Garden since the very first planting.
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