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Posted by Susan Morse, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on October 11, 2012
Editor's note: National wildlife refuges provide habitat for more than 700 species of birds, 220 species of mammals, 250 reptile and amphibian species and more than 1,000 species of fish. More than 280 threatened or endangered plants or animals are protected on wildlife refuges. Each year, millions of migrating birds use refuges as stepping stones while they fly thousands of miles between their summer and winter homes.
Posted by Kate Strangfeld on October 11, 2012
How do you provide healthy meals for your family on a limited budget? Chef Greg Silverman, a Chefs Move to School participant, is working to help answer this common question.
Posted by Ali Kelley on October 10, 2012
In late September, the National Park Service and several partner organizations launched Healthy Parks Healthy People Greater Washington Area, a new initiative to promote the many health benefits of time in nature, and to connect DC area kids and families to the parks and green spaces in their communities.   
Posted by Marissa Duswalt on October 10, 2012
Rhode Island recently won the Let’s Move! Child Care State Challenge, as it now has almost 20 percent of child care programs signed up for Let’s Move! Child Care, First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative to encourage child care programs to provide a healthier environment for the kids they serve. 
Posted by Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacramento on October 9, 2012
You can't have a great city without great schools. And you can't have great schools if students arrive each morning poorly nourished and out of shape. The connection between a city and its schools was the prime motivating factor that pushed me to run for Mayor in 2008. Our collaborative success -- raising awareness about the critical connection between Sacramento and its schools -- was a major factor in deciding to continue the work for a second term.
Posted by Ali Kelley on October 5, 2012
Tomorrow, October 6th is Nickelodeon’s 9th annual Worldwide Day of Play! From 12pm to 3pm ET, the Nickelodeon Network will go dark (i.e., stop all programming) to encourage kids and families to get outside and PLAY!
Posted by Ali Kelley on October 4, 2012
Editor's note: USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball in the United States. With 27 million participants, basketball is the number one team sport in the country!  No matter where you live, chances are, you can find a hoop – and other players– in your neighborhood. 
Posted by Deputy Secretary John Porcari on October 3, 2012
Ed note: This post was originally published on Fastlane, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Transportation.  As a father, grandfather, and former schoolteacher, I know how important it is to ensure that students arrive to school safely every day.
Posted by Summer Sanders, Olympic Gold Medalist on October 1, 2012
Recently, the 2012 U.S.. Olympic Team visited the White House. While I wasn’t able to attend the reunion, the event reminded me of just how special Olympic moments are. I remember my own experience as a visiting athlete to the White House in 1992.
Posted by Ali Kelley on September 28, 2012
Tomorrow, more than 170,000 people across the country are expected to celebrate National Public Lands Day – America’s largest, single-day, outdoor volunteer effort. More than 2,000 public land and water sites across the country will offer FREE admission to volunteers who give a few hours of their time to help improve and restore outdoor spaces.  
Posted by Ali Kelley on September 26, 2012
With the hottest months now behind us, fall is a perfect time to take advantage of sunshine, cooler temperatures, and stunning scenery.  This Saturday, September 29, you can show your appreciation for the great outdoors by taking part in National Public Lands Day. There are a couple of ways you can get involved:
Posted by Ali Kelley on September 26, 2012
“I love running because I feel blessed with an amazing gift that I try to use to the best of my ability.  It allows me to grow and see improvement, it lets my competitive nature run wild and it brings me peace and joy.” – Allyson Felix, three-time Olympic gold medalist.
Posted by Sally Jacober-Brown, Public Affairs Specialist Mid-Atlantic Region, on September 20, 2012 at 1:58 PM on September 25, 2012
Ed. Note: This blog was cross-posted from the US Department of Agriculture blog Matoaka Elementary School isn’t the biggest school, or the oldest. But it does have a Parent Teacher Association that takes student health very seriously.  So seriously, in fact, that one committee is completely devoted to helping kids and families develop Healthy Lifestyles!
Posted by Marissa Duswalt on September 25, 2012
The Presidential Youth Fitness Program is a voluntary program that empowers students to adopt and maintain an active lifestyle. To learn more about this new national program, join us today for a webinar: 
Posted by Matt Compton on September 21, 2012
Ed. note: This is cross-posted from the White House blog. Last week, more than 400 Olympians and Paralympians were on hand at the White House for an event to celebrate their success in this year's London Games.