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A nationwide recipe contest for kids ages 8-12 that promotes cooking and healthy eating. Winning recipes were selected based on their healthfulness, taste, originality, affordability, and following USDA’s MyPlate recommendations.

These young chefs and a parent or guardian joined the First Lady for the Kids’ “State Dinner,” featuring a selection of the winning recipes, followed by a visit to the White House Kitchen Garden.

Winning Recipes


Creating the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ “State Dinner”

To promote cooking and healthy eating among young people across the country, the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge was created, and the First Lady hosted five annual Kids’ “State Dinners” where altogether over 6,000 recipes were submitted and more than 270 young chefs and their families were welcomed to the White House.

MyPlate, MyState

Join our celebration of hometown goodness and healthy eating styles! Select your state/ territory below to see what foods are grown/ produced there.

What foods, flavors, and recipes is your state/territory known for, and how do they fit into your healthy eating style?

MyPlate, MyState is the newest component of MyPlate, MyWins and leverages the prime growing and farmers market seasons.

Foods and flavors from every state and territory in this nation can help us all create lasting healthy eating styles we can enjoy. Healthy eating styles are not rigid plans, but rather ones that can be adapted to include foods that you enjoy that meet your personal and cultural preferences and fit within your budget. The key is finding styles that fit your everyday life, and to make small changes that can add up to big success over time. MyPlate’s building blocks for healthy eating are a great place to start.

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First Lady Michelle Obama, shows what some of the Let’s Move! achievements look like through the eyes of a child.