Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joins Washington, DC, schoolchildren and NFL Washington Redskin players Malcolm Kelly and Reed Doughty at the U.S. National Arboretum in celebration of Arbor Day. The Secretary will plant a flowering magnolia tree developed by plant breeders at the Arboretum for home and park landscaping and will highlight the importance of a healthy diet and active lifestyle.
Improving the Child Nutrition Act is the legislative centerpiece of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative to end childhood obesity within a generation. By passing strong reauthorization legislation, the Obama Administration hopes to reduce hunger, promote access, and improve the overall health and nutrition of children throughout the country.
The Obama Administration is also working to increase opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity for children through partnerships like Fuel Up to Play 60, an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy council and the NFL with additional support from USDA. The program empowers students to get healthy and be active.