Stirring Up Better Health for Kids

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Presented by Healthy Kids Challenge and Del Monte

Last years winning Fruity Quinoa Salad by Matt Bernards of Yamhill, Oregon

Del Monte nourishes families and enriches lives every day

Challenging kids to create healthy recipes can provide lifelong healthier eating habits according to Healthy Kids Challenge, a leading non-profit in building healthier lifestyles for families. Healthy Kids Challenge has teamed up with Del Monte and educational partners, Johnson and Wales University and the Home Baking Association to present the 9th annual Stirring Up Health recipe contest to promote healthy cooking.

The Stirring Up Health recipe contest aims to get middle school students into the kitchen. There, they can learn to cook healthy foods, explains dietitian Sarah Wamsley, of the Healthy Kids Challenge. “What we hope that they’ll take away from this is more confidence in cooking,” she says.

The contest challenges middle school students from across the country to develop or modify an existing recipe to make it healthier using Del Monte brand fruits, vegetables or tomatoes as a primary ingredient. Incorporating healthy baking as part of their creation is encouraged.

Registered, licensed dietitian Vickie James, the director of Healthy Kids Challenge stated, “Having basic cooking skills with a focus on health can provide an indelible skill that leads to lifelong healthier habits and a lot of fun. If kids learn confidence in the kitchen, and can enjoy being active and choosing healthy foods from an early age, they are much more likely to continue such practices in adulthood,” said James.

“Kids tend to have more of an interest in what they eat when they’re actually preparing it,” Wamsley said. “The goal, is to help more kids be able to say ‘I can do this. I can make something that really tastes good and is good for me.’”

“Del Monte nourishes families and enriches lives every day,” said Sarah Ludmer, RD/LD, Senior Nutritionist at Del Monte Foods. “That is why we are proud to partner for the second year in a row with the Healthy Kids Challenge to encourage kids to use fruits, vegetables and tomatoes in preparing great-tasting and easy-to-make healthy meals that the whole family can enjoy together.”

Last year, over 5000 recipes were submitted with award winners chosen from Ohio to Hawaii. Contest winners receive prizes, including a school assembly with a professional chef from Johnson & Wales University and their very own “Chef for a Day!

As an educational partner, the Home Baking Association offers online food demo videos and teacher lesson plans to enhance the classroom experience.

Entry forms and contest rules can be obtained at For information about Del Monte products, please visit

About Del Monte Foods
Del Monte Foods is one of the country's largest and most well-known producers, distributors and marketers of premium quality, branded food and pet products for the U.S. retail market, generating approximately $3.6 billion in net sales in fiscal 2009. With a powerful portfolio of brands including Del Monte®, S&W®, Contadina®, College Inn®, Meow Mix®, Kibbles 'n Bits®, 9Lives®, Milk-Bone®, Pup-Peroni®, Meaty Bone®, Snausages® and Pounce®, Del Monte products are found in eight out of ten U.S. households. The Company also produces, distributes and markets private label food and pet products. For more information on Del Monte Foods Company (NYSE: DLM) visit the Company’s website at

Del Monte. Nourishing Families. Enriching Lives. Every Day.™

About Healthy Kids Challenge

Healthy Kids Challenge (HKC), a nationally recognized nonprofit, helps school, community, business, and health leaders take action for kids to eat, move, and enjoy a healthy balance. Created by registered dietitians, Healthy Kids Challenge offers solutions through workshops, events, toolkits, a website, newsletters and programming. Six healthy eating and active play practices make teaching and learning simple and fun.

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