Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative that was launched by the First Lady in 2010 and is dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. The City of O'Fallon, Missouri, and O'Fallon Parks and Recreation have worked to achieve the goals set forth in the program.
Let's Move Goals
Consider forming a childhood obesity task force in your own community, or aligning with an existing task force, that engages a range of city agencies, partners, and constituents to achieve the goals of Let’s Move! Cities, Towns, and Counties.
Goal I: Start Early, Start Smart GOLD Medal
To provide children with a healthier start, local elected officials commit to helping early care and education providers incorporate best practices for nutrition, physical activity and screen time into their programs.
- The City of O’Fallon is a registered as a partner of the USDA Communicators Network and is listed as so on the choosemyplate.gov website. The My Plate initiative and website provides materials that are developed specifically for kids and their parents/caregivers to teach the importance of eating healthy and exercising. It also offers evidence-based curriculum for educators to incorporate in the classroom.
- The City of O’Fallon and the Renaud Spirit Center have been in contact with local childcare facilities explaining the My Plate initiative to encourage participation.
- The Renaud Spirit Center pre-school is incorporating My Plate lessons into the curriculum.
Goal II: MyPlate, Your Place GOLD Medal
To empower parents and caregivers, local elected officials commit to prominently displaying My Plate in all municipal or county venues where food is served.
- All City-owned concessions stands now display My Plate posters to remind customers to make healthy choices.
- Nutrition information for all non-packaged items served in City-owned concessions stands are now displayed and are visible for customers.
- The City of O’Fallon is adding healthier options at all concession stands and City-owned venues, such as the Renaud Spirit Center. Options now include apple slices, carrots and applesauce.
Goal III: Smart Servings for Students GOLD Medal
To provide healthy food in schools, local elected officials commit to increasing participation in the School Breakfast Program (SBP) and the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
Local schools are currently displaying the My Plate logos on their food menus and working to continuously offer healthier options. They are also working to increase participation in the breakfast and lunch programs.
The City of O’Fallon has posted a listing of early childcare facilities participating in these programs on our website. Learn more about Healthy Food Options for Kids in O'Fallon (PDF).
Goal IV: Model Food Service GOLD Medal
To improve access to healthy, affordable foods, local elected officials commit to implementing healthy and sustainable food service guidelines that are aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans in all municipal and county venues that serve food.
- Food service guidelines and contracts for City-owned venues have been reviewed and healthier options are being considered for the next contract.
Goal V: Active Kids at Play GOLD Medal
To increase physical activity, local elected officials commit to mapping local playspaces, completing a needs assessment, developing an action plan, and launching a minimum of three proven policies, programs or initiatives aimed at increasing access to play.
- The City of O’Fallon is registered on KABOOM.org, which is a national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America’s children. Their mission is to create great play spaces through the participation and leadership of communities and to let families know where these spaces are. Currently all City of O’Fallon parks and play spaces are mapped via KABOOM.
- The City of O’Fallon and the Parks and Recreation Department are continuously working to improve parks and increase the amount and types of programming offered to encourage kids to be more active.
My Plate Partners
- Beautiful Beginnings Learning Center
- Bright Beginnings Childcare
- Early Head Start
- Ft. Zumwalt School District
- Helping Hands Montessori
- Parents as Teachers
- Renaud Spirit Center
- St. Andrew Church Daycare
- St. Charles County Government
- St. Joseph PTA Council
- St. Louis Regional Food Security Coalition
- Stretch-n-grow St. Charles County
- Super Start Preschool LLC
- University of MO Extension
- Wentzville School District