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We Can!® Celebrates Let's Move's Anniversary and New Partnership

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On March 7th, the We Can! team participated in a Let's Move anniversary event, at which the First Lady celebrated the work of faith-based and neighborhood organization leaders who have joined Let's Move! Faith and Communitiesexternal link (LMFC). Just like We Can! sites, these groups are helping their communities ensure that its members learn the importance of making healthy choices.

The event also celebrated We Can!'s partnership with LMFC. The goal of the partnership is to share We Can!'s healthy weight program messages for parents and youth with LMFC's committed national partners and its local neighborhood and faith leaders. Previously, Let's Move! has used We Can!'s information in its offerings, and We Can! is listed as a resource in the current LMFC toolkit.

The March 7th event included several speakers on We Can!, including Caya Lewis, the Counselor to the Secretary for Science and Public Health, Dr. Gary Gibbons, Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and Melissa McGowan and Melinda Kelley, We Can! program managers. The event also included an "instant recess" by Donna Richardson Joyner; an inspiring testimonial to the power of good nutrition from Olympic Gold-medalist Garrett Weber-Gale; a launch of Let's Move Active Schoolsexternal link by Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition; and a presentation of the winning videos from the Communities on the Move video challengeexternal link. Last and perhaps most exciting, First Lady Michelle Obama provided a warm and personal closingexternal link to the day's festivities.

Upcoming LMFC/We Can! Partnership Trainings

As part of the LMFC partnership, We Can! staff will provide multiple trainings on the We Can! program—specifically the We Can! Energize our Families Parent and Caregiver Program and Media-Smart Youth™ curricula—to the LMFC partners through webinars, national meetings, and other opportunities.

Any We Can! community site or other interested organization is welcome to join the upcoming webinar.

Webinar on Media Smart Youth: Eat, Think and Be Active!

  • Wednesday, May 22, 12–2 p.m. EDT

To join, register here: http://www.hhs.gov/partnerships/letsmoveexternal link

Last Updated: May 17, 2013

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