After 150 ideas were generated by StandUp Blue Springs and the general public, the first of them will be offered Saturday at Dynamic Dance.

Let the health movement begin.

Let’s Move! Saturdays, that is.

After 150 ideas were generated by StandUp Blue Springs and the general public, the first of them will be offered Saturday at Dynamic Dance.

Kim Nakahodo, the city’s spokesperson, called the start of the healthy season in Blue Springs exciting.

“A lot of people put a lot of work into this,” she said. “There are some cool programs that are being offered.”

The nationwide Let’s Move! initiative, to which Blue Springs had elected to be a part in March, was created by first lady Michelle Obama and the Department of Health and Human Services as part of a national effort to raise a healthier generation of kids.

Blue Springs, Kansas City and Lawrence, Kan., have been designated Let’s Move! cities.

The initiative is a comprehensive approach to engage the many sectors that reach children, including parents, families, schools, community leaders, municipalities and businesses, according to information provided by the city. Initiative goals are based on four pillars: 1) make healthy family choices, 2) create healthy schools, 3) provide access to healthy, affordable food; and 4) promote physical activity.

The city events, scheduled until mid-December, are mostly all free, except for the first at Dynamic Dance and, later, with the 5K run and Princess Party, where a small entry fee is required.

“That was important to everyone – that the activities cost nothing or very little,” Nakahodo said.

Dynamic Dance will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Dynamic Dance, 1901 S.W. U.S. 40. The event costs $3 and involves dancing and movement activities.

So far, 2011 is shaping up to be an impressive introduction to what may come in 2012, when many of the initiatives are planned to come to fruition.

Among the most notable is a community garden.

In many cities, the government partners with associations or nonprofit organizations to open and maintain a gardening area on public properties. Such a garden would promote good eating habits and physical activity.

Nakahodo said organizers behind the proposal have yet to determine the specifics, but it could work like other communities where a large area of land is divided up into plots.

“People would have their own plots where they could plant anything they wanted,” she said. “It would be good, especially  for people who rent and don’t have land of their own.”

Another idea includes a children’s triathalon, where children could compete in areas such as biking, running and swimming.

Other ideas include:

Expansion of the Blue Springs School District Back Snack program: In most cities, Nakahodo said many of the Let’s Move! initiatives are school related. In Blue Springs, she said, there is a healthy mixture of booth. This is one initiative that would promote healthy eating in schools. Healthy foods/nutrition classes in schools: Some such classes already exist in the school system, though Let’s Move! would improve and expand on it. Livable Streets with Walking Trails: Future housing developments and public areas would follow specific guidelines that would ensure that sidewalks and walking trails throughout the development would link and be walking, hiking and biking friendly. Such planning concepts would have to be proposed by the Community Development Department and approved by the City Council.

This concept was introduced to the City Council on Monday, and representatives for StandUp Blue Springs explained the effort.

Some features illustrating this concept are already in place in the city, according to Scott Allen, director of Community Development. The Moreland School Road extension to Liggett Road, for example, has multi-use paths running alongside the road.

Residents are encouraged to join future workgroups by calling StandUp Blue Springs at 478-4500 or sending email to LetsMove@StandUpBlueSprings.org.