Department of Health

2014 Let's Move Expo

4th annual Health Dept. event inspired by the National Let's Move! initiative of First Lady Michelle Obama

March 3, 2014 | 3 min reading time


Every now and then the Saint Louis University dietetic interns step outside of the hospitals and clinics to impact health and well-being within the Saint Louis community.  The 4th annual Let's Move! STL – So You Got Moves Expo provided just such an opportunity.

The Let's Move! STL event orchestrated by the City of St. Louis Department of Health and inspired by the national Let's Move! Initiative of our First Lady Michelle Obama was held on February 8th.  The "So You Got Moves Expo" was held at two main locations this year, the O'Fallon Park and Carondelet Park Recreation Complexes.  Both locations included lots of free activities for the entire family to enjoy including an open gym, a golf simulator and high-energy dance classes.  While the O'Fallon park location was breaking a sweat with a Zumba lesson, SLU Dietetic Intern Morgan Schulte led guests at Carondelet in the official Let's Move! Move your Body dance.

Dietetic intern Morgan Schulte gets a group of interns and guests to move their bodies!

In between activities, guests were able to view cooking demonstrations.  Saint Louis University dietetic interns, Victoria Glatz and Gabby Pruchno demonstrated how to make two, simple healthy snacks to eat before and after a workout.  Glatz' quinoa protein bites were kid-friendly, and several little helpers were available to help roll them.  Pruchno's protein-powered veggie quesadillas made a great post-workout meal that was delicious and easy on the wallet at only $1.87 per serving.  All the samples were snapped up quickly!

Dietetic interns Victoria Glatz and Gabby Purchno field questions about pre- and post-workout nutrition at the O'Fallon Park Rec Plex.

Regional initiatives like Let's Move! STL can make an impact.Let's Move! is a national campaign to combat childhood obesity and it is important to extend the message behind this initiative at a regional or even community level in order to make an impact.  I spoke with Lauren Landfried, a Nutrition Coordinator with the City of St Louis Department of Health and the Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Let's Move! Coordinator, and posed the question:  What do you think sets the Let's Move! campaign apart from other initiatives to encourage healthier lifestyles for kids?  Landfried shared, "The Let's Move! STL initiative does a great job of incorporating strategies from the national Let's Move! initiative to address whole family health.  Since its inception, the initiative has reached thousands of people from the St. Louis region and strives to reach even more in the upcoming years.  Physical activity is an important component in achieving and maintaining overall health, and this initiative provides ways for people to get started and sustain the activities through different events and programs year round.  While the anniversary event is held once a year, there are various ongoing Let's Move! STL -sponsored activities throughout the year."

Ladies performing Zumba led by an instructor from The Dollhouse Studios at the O'Fallon Park Rec Plex.

National campaigns are a great starting point to inspire change but it is necessary to use that momentum to create initiatives within each community to promote lifestyle change and then sustain that change with ongoing activities and events.  Lifestyle change isn't a one-time event but a continual process!

The Let's Move! STL event was a great way for this group of future dietitians to support families within the community as they strive for a healthier lifestyle.  If you would like more information about Let's Move! STL activities, please contact Melissa Ramel at 314/657-1571.  You can also keep up with Let's Move! and Let's Move! STL via the Health Institute website ( or the Health Institute-STL Facebook page.

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