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First Lady Hosts Kids' State Dinner at the White House

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the first-ever kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House today, celebrating the young winners of a national healthy recipe contest who proved food can be “healthy and tasty at the same time.”

“Is this not cool?” the first lady asked as she welcomed the 54 contest winners and their guardians to the White House. “This is just so very cool. And understand, it's not just cool for all of you. I mean, this house has been abuzz with this event. I think this is one of the best events that we've ever had here, our very first-ever Kids State Dinner -- so, so awesome.”

The children, ages 8 through 12, were all winners of the “healthy lunchtime challenge,” a nation-wide competition that asked kids and their parents to submit recipes for lunchtime meals that were “healthy, affordable, and tasty.” Today’s “State Dinner” luncheon featured a selection of the winning recipes, including “Yummy Cabbage Sloppy Joes” and “Quinoa, Black Bean and Corn Salad.”

“You’re here because your recipes truly stood out, right? And that's really saying something. You came up with dishes that were packed with nutritious, delicious ingredients, dishes that are good for you, but more importantly, they taste good too. See? It can happen, healthy and tasty at the same time,” the first lady said.

The president also made a surprise appearance to thank the kids for “spreading the word about healthy eating.”

“Usually, I get invited to the state dinners. So this time I just had to crash,” the president said as he entered the ornate East Room to squeals of excitement from the young guests. “I had to crash the party because I did not want to miss out on all the fun.”

“I could not be prouder of you… because, you know, it's hard enough to follow a recipe and make something good to eat,” the president said.

“I'm not a great cook. I'm an OK cook. I can make a good omelet and toast,” he joked. “Let's face it, I don't cook that often these days, but I remember cooking, and it's not always easy to make something that people like to eat. Then for you guys to actually come up with recipes that are healthy and tasty, and to do it in a way that helps to contribute to spreading the word about healthy eating among your peers, that's a really big deal.”

The White House chefs and a team of judges critiqued more than 1,200 entries to pick the winning recipes from each state and territory and recreated the winning recipes for today’s lunch, as seen in this behind-the-scenes White House video.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Students Help Out at White House Harvest; ‘Let’s Get Picking!’

Patrick Smith/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- On your mark, get set, “Let’s move! Let’s get picking!” Michelle Obama said, as elementary students rushed to help harvest the White House vegetable garden Wednesday.

Students from Bancroft and Tubman Elementary Schools helped the first lady collect vegetables at the third annual harvest of the garden she started to help connect children with the food they eat. The “kitchen garden” has also become an essential component of her “Let’s Move!” initiative.

“You guys ready for some work?” the first lady asked the kids.

Mrs. Obama got her hands dirty, picking peppers and pulling potatoes out of the ground while the students helped.”

"This one’s a whopper!” one little boy said as he helped the first lady.

Vegetable pizza and salad were on the menu as Obama encouraged children to “just give it a try.”

Asked why the students were at the White House Wednesday, one boy responded, “Because we have to cook pizza!”

“Well, pizza is a good reason to be here,” the first lady said.

Another student stepped in, saying, “We’re here to learn how to be healthy,” to which Obama replied, “Awesome!”  

In addition to Wednesday’s meal, the garden provides vegetables for White House functions throughout the year and for the first family’s meals.

“We are going to eat these vegetables -- the president, me, Malia, Sasha, Grandma,” the first lady said. White House dog “Bo doesn’t really eat them.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


First Lady and Grocers to Bring Healthy Food to Millions Living in Food Deserts

Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton(WASHINGTON) -- First lady Michelle Obama announced Wednesday that she has recruited major national retail giants to join her campaign to provide fresh fruits, vegetables and other nutritious foods to areas of the nation with little access to healthy food.

Walmart, Walgreens, SuperValu and other regional retailers have agreed to open or expand more than 1,500 stores over the next five years to bring fresh foods to the country’s food deserts.  

Executives from some of the companies involved in the partnership were on hand for remarks made by the first lady in the East Room of the White House.

"The commitments you all are making today have the potential to be a game changer for our kids and for our communities all across this country," said Mrs. Obama.

The first lady said that she knows conventional wisdom suggests that retailers might not want to make investments in low-income communities, but that in order to end childhood obesity something has to be done about access to healthy foods.

She said part of her "Let’s Move" campaign is to give parents a healthy choice for their kids.  "We can talk all we want about calorie counts and recipes and how to serve balanced meals, but if parents can't buy the food they need to prepare those meals -- if their only option for groceries is at the corner gas station or the local mini mart -- then all of that is just talk."   

The government defines a food desert as an area in which 33 percent or 500 people live more than a mile from a grocery store in an urban area or more than 10 miles in the suburbs.  The White House says the partnership with grocers will serve millions of people.   

The government estimates that about 23.5 million Americans -- including 6.5 million children -- live in areas without stores likely to sell affordable and nutritious foods.  The White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity identified access to healthy, affordable foods as a key pillar to solving childhood obesity, the first lady said.

There was a light moment at Mrs. Obama's event.  She told those on hand, "This is a big deal. It is a really big deal.  I think our vice president put it better, but I’m not gonna...."

The audience laughed loudly realizing she was referring to when Vice President Biden was caught by a hot mic dropping the F-bomb when congratulating President Obama on the passing of health care reform.  "This is a big f----ing deal," the vice president said.

Mrs. Obama kept things G-rated.

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