Back in February, First Lady Michelle Obama invited faith and community leaders to join in the effort to solve the problem of childhood obesity. She launched the Communities on the Move Video Challenge and asked for organizations to submit 3 minute videos about how they were helping to combat childhood obesity in a “creative, effective, sustainable, replicable, and inspirational” way (read more here). Each video highlighted that organization’s community program that centered around one of the focus areas of Let’s Move - physical activity, access to healthy and affordable food for children, or healthy eating practices.
And today, First Lady Obama announced the winners! “Everyone wants to see our nation become healthier, and these contest winners have shown us that by taking steps big or small, each of us can play a role in solving the problems of childhood obesity,” the First Lady said.
Check out these 5 videos and think about how you could incorporate the ideas into your community:
Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church – First Prize
City of San Fernando Partnership for Healthy Families – Popular Choice Award
San Fernando, CA
San Jose State University/Most Holy Trinity Church Food Justice Ministry – Honorable Mention
San Jose, CA
South Valley Family YMCA – Honorable Mention
San Jose, CA
Long Island Head Start – Honorable Mention
From Zumba and Yoga classes for kids to cooking classes and more, these organizations are helping combat childhood obesity one community at a time. How do you help your youth stay healthy and active? Comment below: