Michelle Obama Invites Children To Enter Healthy Recipe Contest; Winners Get To Attend Dinner At The White House
First Lady Michelle Obama has launched an online recipe contest inviting kids to submit healthy recipe ideas for lunch, as part of her Let’s Move campaign to fight childhood obesity.
Along with leading online recipe site Epicurious.com, Obama has challenged kids 8 to 12 to come up with healthy, balanced lunchtime recipes for a chance to have dinner at the White House as the guest of honor at an official State Dinner.
“Entries should represent each of the food groups, either in one dish or as parts of a lunch meal, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein and low-fat dairy foods,” according to the rules.
“We all want to ensure that our kids are eating nutritious, delicious food at every meal, and as a mom I know that parents are always looking for new ideas to make that happen,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “With parents and kids all across the country getting creative in the kitchen, I know we’ll find healthy meals that every family will enjoy. And I can’t wait to try the kids’ creations myself.”
“We are truly honored that Mrs. Obama is partnering with Epicurious to help raise awareness for the importance of healthy lunches, and healthy eating for kids, overall,” said Tanya Steel, editor-in-chief of Epicurious. “This topic has long been a personal passion of mine and I’ve supported the First Lady’s ‘Let’s Move!’ campaign through Epicurious. Through The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, we are hoping to make a positive change in the way our children eat and live by showing them that meals, especially their school lunch, can be tasty AND healthy.”
Fifty-six winners (one winner from each of the 50 states, plus the U.S. Territories, D.C., and Puerto Rico) and a parent or guardian will have the chance to attend a’ “State Dinner” at the White House, where the winning healthy recipes will be served.