By: Dominique Dawes, PCFSN Co-Chair and Three-time Olympic Gymnast
At a very early age, I learned about the value of healthy eating. By the time I was 11 years old and training daily as a gymnast, I knew that eating right would help me achieve my goals. The goals I had for health, athletics, and academic performance were all tied to eating nutritious foods, and that started with breakfast. As an adult, I’ve maintained goals for fitness and health and that’s why I make sure to start each morning with a healthy breakfast.
By: HHS Office of Global Affairs
On July 17, Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, gave a keynote address at the first U.S.-Mexico Border Obesity Summit, held in McAllen, Texas. Sponsored by the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission, the Summit convened more than 200 federal, state, and local partners from both countries to share data, identify effective prevention strategies, and to promote partnerships. Mexico and the United States have the world’s first and second highest rates of obesity, respectively, according to a June 2013 report of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. The common border region is especially hard hit by the obesity epidemic.
By: Claudia Gordon
The Special Olympics honor a tradition that started more than fifty years ago with a little creativity, a lot of heart, and a big backyard at Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s house. Today, that simple day camp has grown into one of the biggest sporting competitions in the world for people with intellectual disabilities. Here at the White House, we’re already looking forward to the next games.
By: Kelsey Donohue, Office of Communication and Outreach, U.S. Department of Education
“To make your dreams come true, it takes hard work,” Michelle Kwan said to a room of young learners at the kick-off of this year’s Let’s Read! Let’s Move! summer enrichment series at the U.S. Department of Education. The Olympic figure skater and member of the President’s Council on Fitness reminded them that it’s important to “practice, practice, practice.”
By: Chris Paul, PCFSN Council Member, NBA All-Star and Father of Two
In the spirit of Father’s Day during Men’s Health Week and in celebration of President Obama’s Fatherhood Initiative, some of us wrote messages to father or our own kid(s) about the impact they have in our lives. All of us seemed to agree on one essential truth: spending quality time with loved ones can have a positive and lasting impact on our health, happiness and well-being.