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Update from the White House Council on Women and Girls

Monday, June 22, 2015  
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Update from the White House Council on Women and Girls:

Dear friends,

We want to start by offering our sincere condolences to our friends in South Carolina this week. Please know that our thoughts are with you during this very tragic time.Please also see the President's and Vice President's statements here.

Last week, Secretary Burwell and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett announced the "Healthy Self" campaign to encourage healthy lifestyles and connect people to the coverage and care they need. Read more below.

This week, the First Lady traveled to London to discuss commitments the U.S. and U.K. governments are making to help ensure that girls around the world get an education. Watch her full remarks at the Mulberry School for Girls in London below.

Additionally, on Thursday, the Treasury Department announced that the new $10 note will feature a woman on its design. See more below for how you can engage in the process of deciding who will be on the bill.

Read on for opportunities to engage, and don't forget to follow Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, Valerie Jarrett, on Twitter at@VJ44. You can also email us

We look forward to continuing the conversation!

Administration Highlights

Healthy Self: Promoting Healthy Living and Preventive Care

Last week, Secretary Burwell, and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett launched the "Healthy Self" campaign, a joint effort between the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including the Surgeon General, to promote healthy living and to highlight preventive services available for the newly insured, as well as for those who have always had insurance.

We have already confirmed 50 events to be held in communities across the country through August, and we will be partnering with the private sector to educate Americans about preventive actions they can take to stay healthy and well. That includes healthy eating, leading a tobacco-free and drug-free lifestyle, taking care of emotional and mental well-being, and of course -- taking advantage of preventive services like vaccinations and recommended cancer screenings that are now offered at no out-of-pocket cost.

As a part of this campaign, we are encouraging people to post their #HealthySelfie on social media. It can be a shot of you working out, at the doctor or doing anything to commit to your healthy self.

Share your photos with the hashtag #HealthySelfie today, and check out Secretary Burwell and Valerie Jarrett's blog posthere.

The First Lady Visits the United Kingdom to Talk About Let Girls Learn

We know that educated girls stand a stronger chance of making their own decisions, chasing their dreams, lifting their families out of poverty, and becoming community leaders. Yet, 62 million girls today are out of school. First Lady Michelle Obama was in the United Kingdom this week on behalf of the U.S. government-wideLet Girls Learninitiative, which aims to reduce barriers to girls' education around the globe.

Watch Mrs. Obama's moving speech at the Mulberry School for Girls in London:.

Watch the First Lady's remarks.

Secretary Lew Announces Historic Decision to Feature a Woman on the New $10 Note

On Thursday, Secretary Lew announced the decision that a woman will be featured on the newly redesigned $10 note. United States currency -- and the images of great leaders and landmarks they depict -- has long been a way to honor our past and express our values. In 2013, the Treasury Department selected the $10 note for redesign based on a number of factors. With the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Treasury expects to unveil the new $10 note in 2020, the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

The next generation of currency will revolve around the theme of democracy. The first note, the new $10, will feature a notable woman. In keeping with that theme, it's important that you make your voice heard. Use #TheNew10 to tell us your ideas, symbols, designs, or any other feedback that can inform the Secretary as he considers options for the $10 redesign.

Visitwww.thenew10.treasury.govto learn more!

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