About Us - National Initiatives

Welcome to Let's Move! Museums & Gardens

Let’s Move! is a national initiative to get kids moving and eating healthy food. It aims to support healthy children and families.  

Through Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens, museums, zoos, gardens, science and technology centers can join the call to action. With their impressive reach and great potential for impact, museums and gardens can launch community efforts to create a healthier generation using interactive exhibits, outdoor spaces, gardens and programs that encourage families to each healthy foods and increase physical activity.

April 17, 2013 Press Release: Learn How Your Museum or Garden Can Join the First Lady’s Initiative

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photo of Mrs. Obama exercizing with children and parentsFrom the White House Blog: First Lady Michelle Obama Talks Healthy Habits with Toddlers
November 2, 2011

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Watch Michelle Obama's
initiative announcement video
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New Resources:

Archived Webinar: How Museums and Gardens Can Use the USDA’s MyPlate in Programming and Food Service
Read Transcript (PDF, 134KB)

Archived Webinar: Learn How Museums and Gardens Can Collaborate with Let’s Move! Cities, Towns, and Counties 
(Note: Recording starts at minute 1:35)
Read Transcript (PDF, 134KB)
 

Cover of What Works! Manual
The What Works! Manual is a new resource that helps museums and gardens address the initiative’s key priorities and provides tips and ideas for communicating positive messages about healthy and active lifestyles. 


How do museums and gardens support healthy children and families?

With their impressive reach and great potential for impact, museums and gardens can launch community efforts to support healthy children and families using interactive exhibits, outdoor spaces, gardens and programs that encourage families to eat healthy foods and increase physical activity.

Click here to learn more about museum and garden projects to support healthy children and families

 

Project Goals

  • Overarching Participation Goal: In one year, 2,000 museums and gardens will be Let’s Move! Museums and Let’s Move! Gardens.
  • Goal 1: Each year, 200 million visits will be made to Let’s Move! Museums and Let’s Move! Gardens that have committed to offering interactive experiences that promote healthy eating and physical activity.
  • Goal 2:  Each year, 20 million participants will engage in programming that includes healthy food choices and physical activity with emphasis on afterschool, summer and school-based programs.
  • Goal 3: Each year, 90% of Let’s Move! Museums and Let’s Move! Gardens that offer food service will already offer or will change their menu to offer food options that reflect healthy choices (for example, the Centers for Disease Control guidance on procurement pages 19 – 21).
  • Goal 4: Each year 90% of Let’s Move! Museums and Let’s Move! Gardens that offer food service will incorporate interpretation about healthy food choices.

 

How can museums and gardens get involved?

Sign up to become a Let's Move! Museum or Let's Move! Garden.

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Click here to see a list of institutions that have already made the commitment.

Museums and gardens are core community institutions. They are trusted in their communities and have the capacity to influence real and sustained behavior change. This initiative is intended to capture what is happening in museums and gardens and also to encourage new activity.

Institutions are encouraged to take actions across all four priorities! To become a Let’s Move! Museum or Let’s Move! Garden, all institutions must select at least one of the first two priorities. Institutions that serve food should also select at least one of the second two priorities.

The four priorities:

  • Eat healthy, get active exhibits
  • Learning about healthy food choices and physical activity through afterschool, summer and other programs
  • Healthy food service
  • Learning about healthy food choices and physical activity using food service operation