In alignment with the First Lady's Let's Move! campaign to combat the childhood obesity epidemic and the President's Task Force on Childhood Obesity, CDC funds school health programs to improve food and beverage options and increase physical activity. As part of the First Lady's Let's Move! Child Care Initiative, the CDC created a self-assessment checklist and action plan development toolkit for early care and education providers to improve the quality of nutrition, physical activity, and screen time standards in child care facilities. In 2011, hundreds of child care providers - serving over 1.8 million children - committed to achieving 10 high-impact obesity prevention standards to improve children's health. Over 500 providers completed the checklist quiz and created action plans for making improvements. Eleven states have convened small teams for training on the state action guide for obesity prevention in early care and education settings and to incorporate efforts into state obesity action plans. CDC's public health expertise, including expertise in identifying what works to promote healthy behaviors such as healthy eating and active living, is essential to reduce these trends.
Specifically, CDC's and DNPAO's Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools (LMSB2S) is a public health campaign to increase salad bars in schools across the country so that every child has the choice of healthy fruits and vegetables every day at school. Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools supports First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative to end childhood obesity in a generation. Founding partners are: United Fresh Foundation, National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance, Food Family Farming Foundation, and Whole Foods Market. The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) and other schools serving Native American children are eligible to apply for a school salad bar, as long as they participate in the National School Lunch Program. More information can be found online at Let's Move! Salad Bars to Schools .