HMA Goes to Washington DC
On May 31st, President Marlene Feagan represented HMA at a meeting in Washington, DC, with the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Lets Move! Team and national faith leaders. This was an opportunity for HMA to be “at the table” to discuss how Faith United to End Childhood Obesity (FUTECO) can collaborate with the Let’s Move! Campaign, seeking to achieve a common goal of ending childhood obesity in America.
It was a strategic meeting and the First Lady’s Team expressed a strong interest in working closely with those in attendance. Leadership and support of this initiative by the First Lady, the Let’s Move! Team and the White House Chef, Sam Kass, are significant!
Connect with the Let’s Move! Campaign
One of the first ways HMA has agreed to help is to assist members to connect with the Let’s Move! Campaign and to sign up on the Let’s Move! website. Ultimately, we would like to recruit as many HMA members to encourage their respective faith communities to participate in this movement. Faith communities are centers of trust and caring within a community and are well positioned to inform and encourage people to take action around this important agenda.
As a first step and to demonstrate HMA’s motivation to make change happen, HMA National Conference participants in Nashville were encouraged to sign up to participate in the Let’s Move! Campaign. Over 50 new HMA partners enrolled and are ready to begin their unique role in ending childhood obesity. If you have not subscribed to this effort we are asking you to sign on to recruit your faith community to participate by following these steps:
- Visit http://www.letsmove.gov/join-lets-move-faith-communities
- When registering you will see the two questions below, please see what answers to provide so your faith community is connected with this initiative and HMA:
- Under organization put in Health Ministries Association, Inc.
- In the Comments Section put Faith United to End Childhood Obesity
- Complete all other questions
By enrolling in this manner, it will be possible to track the participation of HMA members. Very soon, Vinny DeMarco or Andrew Hysell (Campaign for Healthy Kids) will be contacting you to discuss your interest, capacity and goals for this activity.
In addition to connecting to the Let’s Move! website, participants are asked to focus on the approach and principals of Tennessee’s Targeted School Health Program. Six states have been “targeted” to begin identifying local leaders who can participate. Those targeted states are: Colorado, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, Tennessee and Wisconsin. If you are in one of the targeted states, HMA highly encourages you to consider volunteering to get the word out to your community to join this national effort. You can do this by contacting the HMA office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your HMA leadership will also be personally contacting members in these states to discuss how to provide support and assistance and other possibilities for getting involved.
Thank you for all that you do within your faith communities and for being interested and involved in this important and critical initiative. Now HMA, LET’S MOVE!