Let’s Move Pittsburgh — modeled after First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! national campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of healthy foods, increased exercise and decreased screen time for children—is a program of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and a collaborative effort of organizations in Southwestern Pennsylvania committed to addressing childhood obesity in our region.
PLEA was fortunate enough to receive a Let’s Move! grant to complement our current school Wellness Program directed by Dr. Knolan Rawlins. On Thursday, November 12th, Dr. Rawlins was able to highlight the work he has accomplished in our school Wellness program through a poster session at Phipps.
Since many lifetime habits are established in childhood, Let’s Move Pittsburgh focuses on children and advocates on their behalf by: 1) Identifying and building upon current best practices; 2) Uncovering, analyzing and removing barriers to change; and 3) Developing and establishing a consistent message among healthcare providers, early childcare centers, schools, out of school and community programs, and the food, restaurant and beverage industry about what we should be doing for children now to foster better habits for the future.