Flotus Michelle Obama covers the September 2016 issue of Rachael Ray Every Day magazine. It is in honor of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge – a national recipe challenge for kids that promotes cooking and healthy eating as part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative.
Winners representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five territories attended a Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama on July 14. The 56 aspiring young chefs joined the First Lady, Rachael Ray and Rachael Ray Every Day Editor-in-Chief Lauren Purcell for a healthy lunch featuring a selection of the winning recipes.
“Through efforts like the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and Kids’ ‘State Dinner,’ we’re inspiring kids to get into the kitchen and unleash their creativity to come up with healthy meals and snacks that they and their families can enjoy,” said First Lady Obama
Rachael Ray’s Yum-o! organization has joined with the First Lady to support this year’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge to inspire children to learn about healthy food choices and to make nutritious meals that appeal to kids. Through Yum-o!’s support, each of the winners received a keepsake cookbook with all of the winning recipes.
“It’s truly a privilege to work with First Lady Michelle Obama to improve nutrition and health for our nation’s kids,” said Rachael Ray. “Thanks to her efforts, a new generation is learning how our relationship to food and one another can deeply affect the quality of our own lives.”
The magazine cover was shot with Rachael Ray and First Lady Michelle Obama in early June at the White House Kitchen Garden in Washington, D.C. The cover story, “First Lady Who Lunches,” includes an account by Mrs. Obama of how her Let’s Move! initiative – and her own family’s healthy eating habits – came about, and showcases six of the kids’ winning recipes.