10th Anniversary of Kids National Recipe Contest

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Kids National Recipe Contest challenges kids to adopt USDA’s MyPlate.

Last year’s contest winner, Stephanie Williams of Harding Academy in Searcy, Arkansas with Chef Birch DeVault of Johnson & Wales University preparing winning recipe's at William's school.

This contest is a great way to promote the new USDA’s MyPlate visual icon for helping people eat healthy– and the teachers are thrilled to be able to use this skill building tool.

Healthy Kids Challenge, a national leader of nutrition education, is announcing the 10th anniversary of its annual Stirring Up Health recipe contest. The contest is designed to assist 7th and 8th graders in using their imagination while developing healthy cooking skills.

Vickie James, registered dietitian and director of Healthy Kids Challenge, stated the 10th edition of the contest is positioned to help kids learn more about USDA’s new MyPlate.

“We’re so excited about this year’s contest because students will not only be able to experience creating healthy recipes, but also learn to understand the MyPlate concept and how to use it in daily life,” said James. “This contest is a great way to promote the new USDA’s MyPlate visual icon for helping people eat healthy– and the teachers are thrilled to be able to use this skill building tool.”

Middle school students from across the country are challenged to develop or modify an existing recipe to make it healthier. Classrooms and individuals are being invited to participate by submitting their recipe and respond to essay questions that will ask them to think about what other foods to serve with the recipe to complete a healthy USDA MyPlate.

“For example,” said James, “someone that creates a vegetable dish would write their creative, tasty ideas for what fruit, protein, grain and dairy foods might be served with their recipe to complete a personal healthy MyPlate."

The Stirring Up Health contest offers 7th and 8th grade students a way to relate to food and nutrition. The contest provides an opportunity for consumer science teachers, civic group leaders, and even parents to engage kids through a creative process with cooking. After nearly a decade of contests, Healthy Kids Challenge has received more than 20,000 recipes. Earlier winners have gone on to enter the culinary industry.

“From start to finish this is an interactive learning opportunity,” said James. “Kids can learn to cook smart, economically and safely using the Stirring Up Health contest. Healthy Kids Challenge offers tools and materials for online support with the contest reaching thousands of tweens, families and educators with the Stirring Up Health message to shop wise, enjoy cooking, and eat healthy.”

Winners will receive a presentation at their school from educational partner Johnson & Wales University. With assistance from the students, culinary chefs will prepare the winning recipes. The presentations inspire kids to take the Healthy Kids Challenge’s “eat, move and enjoy healthy balance” message and make it a daily reality.

Teachers and students can go to the Healthy Kids Challenge website and download the contest entry form and information at http://www.healthykidschallenge.com.

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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