Know any kids with a knack for making healthy lunches? Michelle Obama might invite them to the White House.

The first lady once again is challenging the nation’s children to dream up healthy lunch recipes, a now annual component of her Let’s Move! campaign to reduce childhood obesity through diet and exercise.

The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge — run in conjunction with public television station WGBH Boston and the federal departments of Agriculture and Education — invites 8- to 12-year-olds to submit original recipes for healthy and affordable lunches. Winners from each state and U.S. territory will be flown to Washington this summer for a “state dinner” for kids at the White House.

In July 2014, 12-year-old Sienna Mazone of Dresden was one of 54 young chefs invited to the dinner. She created a recipe called Mexican Haystack.

The recipes — which can be submitted online through April 30 — need to follow federal guidelines for healthy meals, which means produce should account for about half of each serving. Some of the winning recipes will be served at the White House dinner, and all will be included in a digital cookbook.

For more information on the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, see pbs.org/lunchtimechallenge.

 


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