In efforts to raise a healthier generation of District children, the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) held the second annual Let’s Move! DC – Children and Families Health Expo at the Deanwood Recreation Center on October 4, 2014. The expo is a local push to help First Lady Michelle Obama’s national Let’s Move! campaign in fighting the epidemic of childhood obesity.
Superintendent Aguirre welcomed children and adults to participate in the expo’s fitness classes, dance lessons, scooter safety instruction, boxing, and baseball. For D.C.’s youngest residents, Let’s Move! featured tee-ball and a special toddler-friendly obstacle course. Beyond getting active, the day promoted healthy eating with cooking lectures and demonstrations as well as fresh fruit and vegetable tastings.
Ward 7 Council member Yvette Alexander joined boys and girls on the basketball court for instruction from Streetball Basketball Association All-Stars Hugh “Baby Shaq” Jones and Randy “White Chocolate” Gill. She later participated in a CPR class alongside a local Girl Scout troop.
Let’s Move! DC aims to promote the D.C. Healthy Schools Act of 2010 that was designed to create a healthy school environment, regulate school meal nutrition, health, and physical education, promote physical activity, and support farm to school and school garden instruction.