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: Harold W. Kohl, III, Ph.D., PCFSN Science Board Member
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently released a report entitled “Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School.” With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the report committee was tasked with: 1) assessing the status of physical activity and physical education in schools; 2) reviewing the science behind the effects of physical activity on health, development and academic performance in youth; and 3) making recommendations appropriate with the scientific evidence.
By: Julie Ewart , Director of Communications and Outreach for the Great Lakes Region of the U.S. Department of Education
Everyone wants healthy school environments, but limited funding, space and time can challenge robust plans. The Healthy Schools Campaign has helped some Chicago schools build innovative partnerships and strong parental support to work around those issues, and U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, got a taste of the results during a recent visit to Chicago’s Nathanael Greene Elementary School.
By: J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health
Fifty years ago this year, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial about the truths deeply rooted in our country’s creed: freedom, equality, and opportunity. “Now,” he declared, “is the time to make real the promises of democracy.” Dr. King’s words lifted the crowd and electrified the nation – and today, we carry on the work of realizing his dream.