U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Washington, DC 20240
May 18, 2011
In Reply Refer To:
1114 (172) P
EMS TRANSMISSION 05/25/2010
Instruction Memorandum No. 2011-117
To: State Directors and Assistant Directors
Attn: State Youth Leads, State Public Affairs Officers, State Recreation Leads, and State Volunteer Coordinators
Subject: Let’s Move Outside DD: 06/10/2011
Program Areas: Youth; Recreation and Visitor Services; Education and Interpretation; Volunteers.
Purpose: The purpose of this Instruction Memorandum (IM) is to provide background information and guidance on the “Let’s Move Outside” (LMO) initiative and its implementation in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and to request your assistance in identifying LMO events for the upcoming year.
Policy/Action: LMO is an important initiative derived from the First Lady’s Let’s Move! campaign to end childhood obesity. LMO is also a key component of the America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) initiative, helping to implement AGO by nurturing a new generation of healthy, conservation leaders.
The BLM already offers many opportunities for young people to connect with nature through outdoor activities that promote fitness, stewardship and conservation. LMO provides an exciting, new platform for the BLM to coordinate, enhance, and promote these activities, programs, and events.
In order to more fully participate in the LMO campaign, BLM offices are encouraged to build outdoor physical activity into programs and events that attract families and children. With their emphasis on getting children outdoors and increasing their connections with the natural world, Take It Outside events, in particular, provide a natural connection to LMO.
States are requested to identify upcoming events and significant actions that meet LMO criteria and report them through State External Affairs to WO as part of existing data calls, including Weekly Report. These events should meet the LMO criteria outlined in Attachment 1, including:
In addition, State Directors are asked to identify at least one LMO event within the next six months in which they will participate personally. Please provide this information by
June 10, 2011.
Field Office managers are also invited to participate in a Director’s challenge: Field Offices that sponsor three or more LMO events before September 30, 2011, will be eligible for additional Youth Program funding in a subsequent fiscal year. LMO events must meet the criteria outlined in the attached guidelines and must be reported to National Youth Program Lead, Betsy Wooster (firstname.lastname@example.org), using the attached reporting form (Attachment 2).
Timeframe: This IM is effective immediately. Information on LMO events and programs should be provided on an ongoing basis through the Public Affairs Weekly Reports and other requests for calendar updates.
Budget Impact: The budget impact is expected to be minimal.
Background: In June 2010, the First Lady launched LMOas the outdoor activity component of her Let’s Move! initiative to end childhood obesity in a generation. LMO, coordinated jointly by the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Department of Agriculture, seeks to connect children to nature through healthy, outdoor recreation. Having evolved alongside the President’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative, LMO will serve as one of the primary vehicles bureaus can use to make the outdoors more accessible and relevant to today’s youth.
LMO is grounded in four key pillars: health, family, fun, and stewardship.
DOI has requested that each bureau commit to take action in at least three of the five areas outlined below:
Additional information about LMO is available at: http://www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside.
In addition, a toolkit on LMO has been developed for agency staff and is available on the DOI Intranet at: http://oneinterior.doi.net/oneinterior/Youth/lmo.cfm
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: None
Coordination: Recreation and Visitor Services (WO 250) and Public Affairs (WO 610) Divisions
Contacts: Information on all potential LMO events should be sent on an ongoing basis through State External Affairs offices to WO Public Affairs. Please contact Betsy Wooster if there are any questions about LMO.
Signed by: Authenticated by:
Mike Pool Robert M. Williams
Acting, Director Division of IRM Governance,WO-560