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First Lady Michelle Obama Seeking Entries for The 3rd Annual Healthy Eating Lunchtime Challenge


First Lady Michelle Obama (credit: Whitehouse.gov)

First Lady Michelle Obama (credit: Whitehouse.gov)

First Lady Michelle Obama, the Departments of Education and Agriculture and Epicurious have partnered together to host the third annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and Kids’ “State Dinner” and nationwide recipe challenge. After the success of the challenges in 2012 and 2013 and in support of the Let’s Move! Initiative, the First Lady is eager to encourage American children to make healthier eating choices and promote cooking in our youth.  Since teaching kids to cook is a great way to promote healthier and more positive lifestyles earlier in life.  Research shows that children who help with cooking and meal preparation are more likely to consume fruits and vegetables, and they are more aware of the importance of making healthier food choices.

The third annual highly anticipated Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ “State Dinner” encourages kids across America to come up with unique, healthy, original creations.  “The Kids’ ‘State Dinner’ is one of my favorite events to host at the White House, and I am thrilled to announce the third annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. This event gives us the opportunity to showcase healthy creations from talented kids from across our country,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “I’m looking forward to seeing-and tasting-this year’s selections. So young chefs, get creative and get cooking!”

First Lady Michelle Obama and Epicurious Editor Tanya Steel listen as 12-year-old Haile Thomas (credit: Lawrence Jackson)

First Lady Michelle Obama and Epicurious Editor Tanya Steel listen as 12-year-old Haile Thomas (credit: Lawrence Jackson)

All U.S. states and territories, including Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands, are invited to participate. Delta Air Lines will fly fifty-six children and their parent/guardian (one pair from each of the 50 states, plus the U.S. Territories, D.C., and Puerto Rico) to the nation’s capital where they will have the opportunity to attend a special Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House hosted by Mrs. Obama later this summer where a selection of the winning healthy recipes will be served.

The winning recipes will be chosen by a panel of judges, including Nilou Motamed, Tanya Steel, Let’s Move! Executive Director Sam Kass, U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Education representatives, as well as junior chefs. At the conclusion of the Kids’ “State Dinner,” a free, downloadable and printable e-cookbook featuring the winning recipes, nutritional analysis, photos and drawings, will be available via LetsMove.govUSDA.govEd.gov,epicurious.com and


2013 Kids’ State Dinner Cookbook – Free for Download (credit: Let’s Move.gov)

Enter Online:
To submit recipes and get contest details by April 5, 2014 online, please click here.

Enter By Mail:

“The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge c/o Epicurious.com
1166 Avenue of the Americas, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10036

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