Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero joined the First Lady and other elected leaders Wednesday at the White House, celebrating the outstanding efforts of communities that have completed health and wellness goals during the past year for Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC).
The effort asks local officials to adopt sustainable and holistic strategies to improve access to healthy, affordable food and opportunities for physical activity.
Mayor Rogero was one of four elected officials chosen to participate in the panel to talk about lessons learned and how to keep the programs going.
"We are all responsible for creating healthier options for our children," Mayor Rogero said. "The opportunity to meet and talk about Let's Move! with First Lady Michelle Obama and local elected leaders has certainly inspired me to continue promoting healthy lifestyles for our youth so that they can reach their full potential."
According to a press release from the city, Knoxville's Let's Move! efforts have included:
- Obtaining a state Project Diabetes grant to incorporate healthy foods into concession stands in cooperation with the Knoxville-Knox County Food Policy Council.
- Conserving a 1,000-acre Urban Wilderness corridor less than two miles from downtown, which provides hiking and biking trails.
- Earning a Ronald McDonald grant to purchase bicycles for a "Kids Can Bike" program.
- Participating in the Chefs Move to School program through Knox County Schools
- Knox County Schools achieving the prestigious Healthier U.S. Schools Challenge Award for offering healthier school environments for students
- Knoxville and Knox County ranking #1 in the nation among LMCTC goals
- Safe Routes to Schools Committee forming a "Walking School Bus"
- Sarah Moore Greene Elementary students being selected for the seed planting and the Summer Harvest event at the White House garden with First Lady Michelle Obama.
Knoxville's mayor is in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, talking about the city's efforts to improve the health of children.
Let's Move is First Lady Michelle Obama's effort to get kids moving and eating healthier to combat childhood obesity.
Mayor Madeline Rogero will participate in a discussion with the First Lady at the White House at 1:00 pm. You can watch the event live here.
This is not the first time that Knoxville and Knox County have been recognized for pioneering efforts improve the health of local kids.
In April, students from Sarah Moore Green Elementary were selected to help the First Lady plant the White House garden, because of the school's efforts to promote healthy eating in the cafeteria.
And on Tuesday, an East Knox Elementary School studentgot a hug from the President at an event honoring the winners of a healthy recipe contest.
Wednesday, July 10Mayor Rogero will be in Washington, D.C., for two Let's Move! events: a meeting of local elected officials with the National League of Cities, and as a panel member in a discussion at the White House hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. ://www.whitehouse.gov/live
Panel begins at 1 p.m.
Later today, Mayors and local elected officials will gather at a White House event to recognize the work of Let's Move! Cities Towns, and Counties. These local elected officials have led the nation by pioneering commitments to improve the health of children in their communities