By Jueseppi B.
The 2013 Kids’ State Dinner
Entries are now being accepted for the Second Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ State Dinner, a nationwide recipe challenge that originated to promote healthy eating among America’s youth, sponsored by Epicurious, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Department of Agriculture.
Fifty-six children and their parent/guardian (one pair from each of the 50 states, plus the U.S. Territories, D.C., and Puerto Rico) will be flown to Washington, DC where they will have the opportunity to attend a Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House this summer, hosted by Mrs. Obama. A selection of the winning healthy recipes will be served.
- Read the 2013 Health Lunchtime Challenge announcement
- Read the rules and enter the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge
- Find out more about MyPlate
A healthy, delicious kids’ lunch recipe
A trip to Washington, D.C., and the opportunity to attend the Kids’ “State Dinner”
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 might also have their recipes served at the event!
Your 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. Your 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…anything perfect for a healthy kids’ lunch, whether devoured at home or at school.
- Get inspired by last year’s winning recipes (PDF)
- Find more information on MyPlate guidelines
- See more healthy recipes on the MyPlate Pinterest board
- Gather more ideas and resources from Let’s Move!
- Watch video highlights of last year’s winners, White House event, and speeches by the First Lady and the President of the United States
First Lady Michelle Obama among Spring Commencement Speakers
First Lady Michelle Obama will join former University of Kentucky President Dr. Charles Wethington and Kentucky author Silas House as speakers at Eastern Kentucky University’s spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 11th.
Three ceremonies, all in Alumni Coliseum, will recognize a total of 2,428 degree candidates.
The First Lady will address degree candidates from the Colleges of Education and Business and Technology at 7:30 p.m. (a change from the usual time) and will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. The First Lady will be speaking at EKU as part of her Joining Forces initiative to assist military families. The University has received national recognition in recent years for its commitment to helping veterans further their education. EKU, home to more than 1,200 veterans and their dependents, earned a No. 1 national ranking in 2010 and 2012 from Military Times magazine in its annual “Best for Vets: Colleges” issues.
Because of limited seating and to ensure that graduates’ families are able to attend, the 7:30 p.m. ceremony will be restricted to those holding tickets. Graduating students, in addition to receiving one ticket each for personal use, will receive six additional tickets for use by family members; remaining tickets will be distributed by general lottery.
To pick up tickets, graduating students must appear in person at the EKU Athletic Ticket Office in Alumni Coliseum any weekday between April 22 and May 3, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Degree candidates must show a valid EKU ID, and the candidate’s name must be on the list of graduating students.
Those who wish to submit a request for general lottery tickets must complete a form at registrar.eku.edu/lottery by no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3. The submissions will be selected at random, and individuals will be notified by the end of the business day on Monday, May 6 if their ticket request has been chosen. Availability of lottery tickets is limited to two tickets per entry and one entry per person.
All attendees that evening will be required to go through security screening similar to that encountered at airports. Doors for the 7:30 p.m. ceremony will open at 5:30 p.m.
The first ceremony, at 9 a.m., will recognize degree candidates in the Colleges of Health Sciences and Justice & Safety. The second ceremony, at 1:30 p.m., will recognize degree candidates in the College of Arts & Sciences. The 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. ceremonies are open to the public. All ceremonies will be streamed live, with a link on the EKU home page (www.eku.edu).
The First Lady is a Chicago Public Schools graduate who went on to earn degrees from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. She joined the University of Chicago in 1996 as Associate Dean of Student Services and developed the University’s first community service program. Later, during her tenure as Vice President of Community and External Affairs for the University of Chicago Medical Center, volunteerism skyrocketed.
In 2010, two years after the election of her husband, Barack Obama, as U.S. President, she launched Let’s Move, a nationwide collaborative effort to tackle the challenge of childhood obesity. The following year, she and Dr. Jill Biden (wife of Vice President Joe Biden) launched Joining Forces to raise awareness of the unique needs of American military families.
Michelle and Barack Obama have two daughters, Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11.
Wethington, president at UK from 1990 to 2001, will speak at the morning ceremony. The Casey County native headed the Commonwealth’s community college system, then under the control of the UK, from 1981 to 1990. Wethington, who earned bachelor’s degrees in English and history from EKU in 1956, retired in 2012 after 47 years in higher education.
House, author, educator and environmental activist, will speak at the 1:30 ceremony. The Laurel County native, who earned a bachelor’s degree in English from EKU in 1993, is the author of five critically acclaimed novels: “Clay’s Quilt,” “A Parchment of Leaves,” “The Coal Tattoo,” “Eli the Good,” and “Same Sun Here,” co-authored with Neela Vaswani, among other works. He currently serves as the director of the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center at Berea College.
Wethington will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, House an honorary Doctor of Letters degree.
In all, 1,806 bachelor’s degree candidates will be recognized, plus 490 master’s degree candidates, 115 associate degree candidates, 10 specialist degree candidates and seven doctoral degree candidates.
Watch Live here: (EKU Link)
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