FBISD students invited to take “The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge”
Fort Bend ISD’s Child Nutrition Department, School Health Advisory Council’s (SHAC) Nutrition Subcommittee, and UnitedHealthcare’s Activate for Kids Student Wellness Program are encouraging all Fort Bend ISD students, ages 8 to 12, and their parents or legal guardians to enter “The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge” for a chance to win a trip to Washington, D.C., and the opportunity to attend the Kids’ “State Dinner.”
Boosting brainpower and energy are just two reasons kids and parents alike should eat a healthy lunch every day. That’s why First Lady Michelle Obama, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of Education, and Epicurious have joined together again for the second Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.
Children 8 to 12 and their parents (or legal guardians) are invited to create and enter their best original lunch recipes inspired by MyPlate, the USDA’s user-friendly guide to healthy eating. One winner from each of the 50 states and U.S. Territories will be awarded a trip to Washington, D.C., and the opportunity to attend the Kids’ “State Dinner,” hosted by Mrs. Obama at the White House this summer. These lucky finalists may also have their recipes served at the event!
The recipe(s) should include each of the five food groups, either in one dish or as parts of a lunch meal. Fruit and veggies should make up about half of the recipe or meal, along with whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy. Each recipe should be the creation of a child working with a parent or guardian. The lunch entry should also be original, affordable and, of course, delicious!
The range of recipe submissions is limitless. The Challenge welcomes sandwiches or wraps with lean meats, fish, or vegetables; soups or stews; pastas; grain, green, or fruit salads; yogurt parfaits, as long as it’s perfect for a healthy kids’ school or home lunch.
For more information or to enter your healthy recipe, go to: www.recipechallenge.epicurious.com/. The challenge ends on May 12, so let’s get cooking!
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