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First lady to host second ‘Kids’ State Dinner’

“Let's Move'” Executive Director Sam Kass, right, scores a dish as he and others judge the finalists in the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a contest that asks children to submit recipes for healthy, affordable dishes using every food group. (From 'Let's Move' video)

First Lady Michelle Obama will host a second “Kids State Dinner” this summer for winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a nationwide recipe contest to promote healthy eating as part of the “Let’s Move” initiative.

Fifty-four children representing every state, the three territories and the District of Columbia have been invited to join the first lady for lunch at the White House on July 9. The meal will include food prepared from the winning recipes and a visit to the White House kitchen garden.

“Our Kids’ State Dinner is one of my favorite events of the year, and the kid chefs who come from around the country never cease to impress and inspire me with their creativity and ingenuity,” Obama said in a statement. “I’m counting down the days until the winners join me at the White House to celebrate these healthy and delicious meals that kids everywhere will love.”

The contest, sponsored by Epicurious, the Department of Education and the Department of Agriculture, asked children ages 8-12 to create a healthy and affordable lunch recipe that represented each of the food groups.

“I am inspired every year by the creative efforts of these kids to create healthy recipes,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in the news release. “By taking steps today to help our young people adopt healthy eating habits, we’re not just improving their health in the short term — we’re giving them important tools that will last a lifetime.”

Names of the winners and the names of their winning meals may be found online, and a free, downloadable e-cookbook of the winning recipes will be available in July.

Winners and meal descriptions
Video: Behind the Scenes at the Judging of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge