Healthy Kids Lunchtime Challenge- Post Event Update

Elena and I had a wonderful time at the White House “Healthy Kids Lunchtime Challenge” this past week.  I have to give a huge kudos to Epicurious for their incredible professionalism in organizing the event.  Also, the Department of Education, the USDA, and the White House Staff (including Sam Kass) were all involved in putting on an amazing event. 

 A brief overview of the events once we were inside of the State Dining Room:
After a wonderful speech by Epicurious Editor Tanya Steel, Mrs. Obama was introduced by Marshall Reid, co-author (with his mom Alex) of Portion Size Me.  I just bought his book, by the way, and I’ve included a link to it below in case you’d like to check it out.  I’ll be doing a newsletter later this year about portion sizes, so hopefully I can be in touch with Marshall and Alex for some great information to pass along to Healthy Kids Ideas Exchange readers.

I also hope to spot light some of the Junior Chefs that attended the event.  Stay tuned for more information on Healthy Kids Ideas Exchange!

 So many of you have asked for photos.  I have many, but here are a few of my favorites.
Elena with Epicurious reps Jen Gaonach (left) and Bari Mogil (right) just outside the White House:

 A personal highlight?  Meeting Reed Alexander, one of the co-stars of TV show iCarly (he plays character Nevel Papperman)!  Reed was also a guest at the event; the 17 year old is a longtime supporter of Let’s Move!.   I spent some time trying to convince Reed and his mom to come visit us in Sun Valley (I promised we’d teach them how to ski).  Reed, please stay in touch, and we hope to see you in Sun Valley very soon!
Elena with Reed

Hey!  It’s me with Reed!

 Of course, I loved meeting Sam Kass

 And so did Elena

And Elena and I both were thrilled by the “private” concert with Big Time Rush.

 This is a fun picture of Elena and me entering the Press Room

A post lunch tour of the White House garden

The fabulous inviation from Mrs. Obama

Our table setting (note the card “Miss Guylay”)

Here is the “Pool report”, which gives a great detailed overview of the entire event:

(We like the comment, “The girl winner from Idaho rocked a cowboy hat and boots”!). Yeah, that was Elena.   

 Through this link, you can see videos about the judging process, and also get a copy of the great recipe book:

 Here you can see the First Lady’s speech, as well as the President’s speech:

 This link is to another fun article on the event from Bloomberg news:

Ok, that’s it for now!  I’ll be in touch with everyone on the Healthy Kids Ideas Exchange Newsletter email list in September with lots of new ideas to inspire you to get off to a healthy and happy start of the school year!  Be well, Kathryn

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