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Let's Move McAllen!

Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) is part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s comprehensive Let’s Move! initiative, which is dedicated to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation. The City of McAllen with help of the National League of Cities and our Community Partners, is striving to build a healthy community for all of our citizens.

Lets Move McAllenHOW DOES IT WORK?

LMCTC helps local elected officials develop long-term, sustainable, and holistic strategies that promote improved nutrition and increased physical activity in their communities.

LMCTC unifies the efforts of cities, towns and counties across the country in pursuing five measurable and achievable goals, which were developed with input from local elected officials:

  1. Start Early, Start Smart:
    Provide children in early care and education settings with a healthy start.

  2. MyPlate, Your Place:
    Display MyPlate in city- and county-owned venues that serve food.

  3. Smart Servings for Students:
    Increase participation in school breakfast and lunch programs.

  4. Model Food Service:
    Adopt healthy food service guidelines at city- and county-owned venues that serve food.

  5. Active Kids at Play:
    Take steps to promote physical activity.

MyPlate - BlueThe City of McAllen has joined the USDA in partnership for the MyPlate program with goals of promoting healthy dietary guidelines within our community.  You can learn more about the program by going to

10 Tips for a Great Plate

Healthy Eating for Preschoolers

Fruits & Vegetables

Community Partners of the City's Let's Move! initiative include McAllen Independent School District and The Monitor.  If you are interested in being a partner, please contact Jolee Perez at or (956) 681-1400.

Let's Move! Steering Committee
Organization Member
City of McAllen Veronica Vela Whitacre
City of McAllen Jolee Perez
City of McAllen Sally Gavlik
City of McAllen Richard Krauss
McAllen ISD Mario Reyna
McAllen ISD Wendy Guess
McAllen ISD Adalia Del Bosque
McAllen ISD Alex Molina
Boys & Girls Club Romeo Cantu
Head Start Lupita Valdez
Region One Francis Guzman
The Monitor Sandra Sanchez
Let’s Move! City Proclamation June 23, 2014 Kid’s Run for Success 5K Farmers Market held weekly at the City Library Mayor Darling rides in for his State of the City address to the community Parade Walkers promoting McAllen Marathon 2014
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