On September 7, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched the Recipes for Healthy Kids competition along with First Lady Michelle Obama. Through this exciting effort, USDA will challenge teams of school nutrition professionals, chefs, students, parents and community members to develop creative, nutritious, tasty and kid-approved recipes that schools can easily incorporate into National School Lunch menus. We need your help in spreading the word about this opportunity for schools, chefs and community members to support this aspect of the Ls Move! campaign to end childhood obesity.
The competition draws on the talents of chefs, students, parents, and school nutrition professionals to develop tasty, nutritious, kid-approved foods. Chefs will provide culinary expertise, school nutrition professionals will share insight as to what can be accomplished in a school setting, and kids and parents will make sure that students will choose these nutritious items in school and beyond. Winning recipes will increase students intake of whole grains, dark green and orange vegetables, and dry beans and peas. Winners will receive cash prizes, national recognition, and a chance to prepare their recipes alongside White House chefs at a national cook-off. Teams can form today and the competition is open through December 30, 2010. Full information is available on the website www.RecipesForKidsChallenge.com.