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Support healthy eating by using these resources in the classroom and check out the 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winners! The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge is a nationwide recipe contest for kids ages 8-12 that promotes cooking and healthy eating. Winners representing all U.S. states, four territories, and the District of Columbia attended a Kids' "State Dinner" at the White House hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama on July 14, 2016.

The media resources here also feature the winners of the 2015 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, as they share what they learned with their families and communities.

  • The White House: Inside Story | Kid's State Dinner

    Learn about the official Kid's State Dinner, an event that brings children with healthy recipes from around the country together at the White House to meet the First Lady and the President of the United States. 

    Grades: 2-7
  • Healthy Eating | Cooking Across Generations

    Jalani Phillips, Jr. (age 10, U.S. Virgin Islands) describes the origins of his Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winning recipe for Hurricane Lentil and Salmon Patties, and his mother talks about their family’s cooking traditions, in this video from WGBH. Jalani explains why he would rather be a chef than president of the United States. After explaining why he and his mother frequently use onions in their dishes, he describes some of the cultural recipes that have inspired him to cook. His mother explains that she learned to cook at a young age and thought it was important for Jalani to learn, too.

    Check out the Support Materials below for Teaching Tips and a link to a customizable student handout. This resource is part of the Healthy Eating collection.

    Grades: 4-8
  • Healthy Eating | An Advocate

    Rain Adams (age 12, Colorado) talks about her passion for healthy eating and how it inspired her to create her Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winning recipe for Rain’s Turkey Chili, in this video from WGBH. Rain, who as a nine-year-old started her own vegan pet treat company, learned to cook from her mother. She says it’s fun for kids to get in the kitchen and make healthy foods. During the White House Kids’ "State Dinner,” Michelle Obama challenged Rain and the other winners to promote healthy eating. Rain’s advocacy has extended to appearances on the TV news, hosting her own YouTube channel, and contributing to her family’s blog, Building a Healthy Family.

    Check out the Support Materials below for Teaching Tips and a link to a customizable student handout. This resource is part of the Healthy Eating collection.

    Grades: 4-8
  • Healthy Eating | Family Gardens

    Samuel Davis (age 11, Louisiana) describes his use of garden vegetables in his Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winning recipe for Sam’s Southern Savoring Salmon Supreme (S5), in this video from WGBH. Sam shows off his family’s backyard garden, where tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and more, grow. He looks forward to getting gardening tips from First Lady Michelle Obama, who describes the White House garden as a way to spread the ideas of eating well, growing your own food, and making friends with vegetables. Sam encourages his family members to eat brown rice instead of white rice and a salad instead of pizza. He now has the opportunity to share his knowledge of healthy eating with his community.

    Check out the Support Materials below for Teaching Tips and a link to a customizable student handout. This resource is part of the Healthy Eating collection.

    Grades: 4-8
  • Healthy Eating | Cooking for a Good Cause

    Sydney Mazik (age 12, Ohio) talks about her love of cooking and how two healthy foods that her family eats inspired her Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winning recipe for Spaghetti Squash Asparagus Pie, in this video from WGBH. She created her dish to spread awareness about spaghetti squash, which she says is a vegetable most people don’t know about. Sydney and her twin sister were born three months early. Due to a bacterial infection, Sydney was not expected to survive more than a day. She overcame this and other challenges, and today uses her winning recipe to raise money for a hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.

    Check out the Support Materials below for Teaching Tips and a link to a customizable student handout. This resource is part of the Healthy Eating collection.

    Grades: 4-8
  • Healthy Eating | Food to Fuel a Runner

    Learn how Leo Koch (age 9, Maine) chooses healthy foods, like those in his Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winning recipe for Vegan Superhero Soup, to fuel his competitive running and help manage his diabetes, in this video from WGBH. Leo leads an active life. As a type 1 diabetic, his nutritional needs demand added scrutiny. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that prevents the pancreas from producing insulin, which regulates the level of sugar (glucose) in the blood. At every meal, a pump delivers insulin into Leo’s body and a monitor tracks his blood glucose level. Because the body processes nutrients in different ways, Leo analyzes foods for their protein, fat, and carbohydrate contents.

    Check out the Support Materials below for Teaching Tips and a link to a customizable student handout. This resource is part of the Healthy Eating collection.

    Grades: 4-8
  • Curriculum Family Sheets | In Defense of Food

    This is a compilation of all of the take home Family Sheets from Lessons 1-10. These help students bring messages learned in the In Defense of Food Curriculum back to their families. The Family Sheets also have tips that are practical ideas for how to follow the Food Rules at home.

    Grades: 6-8,13+
  • Geospatial Revolution: Food Deserts

    Food deserts is a term used to describe a region where the population has poor access to healthy, fresh, nutritious food. They exist in both rural and urban areas and are turning into a public health concern. GIS technology is supporting the solution to this problem by vividly identifying the problem area and influencing policy-making. This video segment from Penn State Public Broadcasting’s Geospatial Revolution describes one Philadelphia community’s successful efforts at doing the same.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Clip 2: Salt, Sugar, Fat | In Defense of Food

    Learn about how the Western Diet, made up of lots of meat and highly processed foods full of salt, sugar and fat, leads to big profits for food companies and poor health for people. Highly processed foods are often engineered to be irresistible, with just the right texture, taste, and smell to lead us to crave them. This works, especially when combined with heavy marketing, so that processed foods are now 60% of what we eat.

    Grades: 6-8
  • Veggies | Fizzy's Lunch Lab

    These Fizzy's Lunch Lab videos and related lesson plan provide an informative overview of food and nutrition topics with an emphasis on vegetables. Using these materials, students will learn that veggies contain specific nutrients that promote health and prevent disease.

    Grades: 1-4
  • Supermarket Botany

    Supermarket foods like carrots, asparagus, lettuce, oranges, and peanuts are actually edible roots, stems, leaves, fruits, flowers, or seeds. Can you eat the stem, root, or seed of a plant? Test your knowledge by identifying everyday foods as plant parts, with this interactive activity adapted from the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

    Grades: 2-5
  • First Ladies' Service

    First Ladies in the United States do community service and public outreach for many worthy causes. First Ladies in recent years have taken up campaigns ranging from literacy to children’s health to the drug epidemic. In this media gallery, we see the First Ladies at various events advocating for children, animals, health, and women’s rights, both at home and abroad.

    Grades: K-13+
  • The First State Dinner

    On December 12, 1874, President Ulysses S. Grant held a dinner honoring King David Kalakaua of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Hawai’i was in the midst of a depression, and Kalakaua and other representatives of Hawai’i traveled to the United States to negotiate a treaty, signed on January 30, 1875, that allowed Hawaiian goods to be imported tax-free into the United States.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Photographs | Kids' State Dinner 2016

    The Kid's State Dinner honors the winners of a challenge for kids ages 8-12, to create an original, healthy, affordable - and delicious - recipe. The winners attended an event at the White House with the Frist Lady and the President of the United States on July 14, 2016. For additional photographs see 2016 Kids' State Dinner

    Grades: 2-7
  • Supermarket Mania | Fizzy's Lunch Lab

    In this Fizzy's Lunch Lab interactive, help Fizzy find healthy ingredients at the grocery store to use in his cooking. Pull tickets to move around tiles in the grocery store and play games and trivia related to food nutrition at each stop.

    Grades: 1-4
  • Corporal Cup's Food Camp | Fizzy's Lunch Lab

    In this Fizzy's Lunch Lab interactive, students use math to complete Corporal Cup's challenges that involve sorting, counting, and measuring. Unlock her top secret recipes by counting types of fruit, completing fruit equations, and measuring food slices.

    Grades: 1-4
  • Ratio and Proportional Reasoning: Food Labels

    In this blended lesson supporting literacy skills, students watch videos and complete interactive activities to learn how to use fractions to interpret food labels and make healthy eating choices. Students develop their literacy skills as they explore a mathematics focus on proportional reasoning. During this process, they read informational text, learn and practice vocabulary words, and explore content through videos and interactive activities. This resource is part of the Inspiring Middle School Literacy Collection.

    Students need to be signed in to complete this lesson. Go to "About This Activity" in "Support Materials" below or click here.

    Grades: 5-8
  • Healthy Eating

    This lesson begins with an activity in which students consider two plates of food: one composed of healthy choices and one composed of less healthy choices. Students then learn about the importance of nutrition, watch a video about healthy eating habits, and discuss the role of fruits and vegetables in a healthy diet. Next, students investigate snacks and learn about the difference between "everyday" and "sometimes" foods. They watch a video about how to choose healthy snacks, and then participate in an activity that challenges them to make healthy choices while preparing a plate of food for a friend. Finally, students learn about where to find both "everyday" and "sometimes" foods

    Grades: K-4,13+
  • Body Water Infographics | Health and Nutrition

    Set of element and icon for flat style Body Water Infographics.
    Grades: 1-12
  • Nutrition: What Your Body Needs

    In this blended lesson supporting literacy skills, students watch videos that explore why some foods are healthy and others unhealthy, they outline the process our body uses to break down foods into forms it can use, and they explain the role nutrition can play in managing diseases, including diabetes. Students develop their literacy skills through a science focus on personal health and the importance of making good food choices. During this process, they read informational text, learn and practice vocabulary words, and explore content through videos and interactive activities. This resource is part of the Inspiring Middle School Literacy Collection.

    Students need to be signed in to complete this lesson. Go to "About This Activity" in "Support Materials" or click here.

    Grades: 5-8

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