Thursday, July 15, 2010

Have you heard of this summer literacy program?

Earlier this month, the United We Serve team launched its Let’s Read. Let’s Move. initiative. Let’s Read.

Let’s Move. has three simple goals: increase opportunities for Americans to use service to promote physical activity; expand access to healthy and affordable food; and prevent summer learning loss in Ameria’s kids.

We aren't going to successfully achieve these goals alone. It is our hope that through strategic partnerships with organizations who focus on getting kids moving, reading and eating healthy foods, we will be able to make a significant impact.

We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with 4H -- the community of six million young people across America. With clubs in each county, 4H will be a vital partner by encouraging its members to:

With a long history of learning-based projects, 4H will be involved in community gardens in 38 states this summer.
Through clubs and camps, 4H will be promote the President’s Active Lifestyle Challenge as a way to encourage and engage youth in physical activity.

By providing resources and toolkits to 3000 county 4-H programs, members will collect produce from farmers markets, county fairs, and other locations and deliver to emergency food systems.

Our nation’s youth need guidance to help build fit bodies and strong minds. Your involvement will foster a generation that is less prone to disease, are higher academic achievers, and more educated about food and its effects on health. These factors can have lasting effects on a child’s overall development and future.

It's going to take all of us working together to help our youth build fit bodies and strong minds.  There are plenty of ways to make an impact.  Do your part by participating in one of the service projects below.

10 Ways to Get Involved

Organize a book drive
Encourage a child to meet the President’s Active Lifestyle Challenge
Conduct summer feeding program outreach
Build or rehab a playground
Clear a walking trail
Read to kids - reading five books over the summer prevents summer learning loss
Sponsor a sports tournament or camp for kids
Create a community garden
Collect and donate fresh produce from a local farm
Organize a back to school supplies drive
You can help by becoming a United We Serve: Let's Read. Let's Move. Ambassador or you can organize service projects in your community that help combat childhood obesity and summer reading loss.

Let's Read. Let's Move + 4H = Lots of reading, moving, and healthy eating
By Merici Vinton

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