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Published July 31, 2012, 11:30 PM

Horace boy among first lady’s healthy recipe contest winners

8-year-old to visit White House as guest of Michelle Obama
WASHINGTON, D.C. – An 8-year-old from Horace, N.D., will get the presidential treatment Aug. 20 when he visits the White House as a guest of first lady Michelle Obama.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – An 8-year-old from Horace, N.D., will get the presidential treatment Aug. 20 when he visits the White House as a guest of first lady Michelle Obama.

Logan Rosene is among 54 children from across the country who won a recipe contest as part of the first lady’s “Let’s Move!” initiative.

“Logan’s Favorite Turkey Vegetable Soup” was chosen as the North Dakota winner in the “Healthy Lunchtime Challenge,” which drew more than 1,200 entries from all 50 states and America’s four territories.

As a winner, Logan will be honored at the first-ever “Kids’ State Dinner” hosted by the first lady at the White House. The dinner will feature a selection of the children’s winning recipes.

After the meal, Logan and the other winners will also get a special tour of the White House kitchen garden.

Each child can bring one parent or guardian with them, so Logan’s mom, Erin Tucker, will be his special guest.

“He’s so excited,” Tucker said. “He can’t believe he’s going to the White House and meeting Michelle Obama.”

Tucker herself shares the excitement.

“Are you kidding? This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” she said.

The “Healthy Lunchtime Challenge” encouraged parents to work with their kids to create an original lunchtime recipe that met certain criteria.

Specifically, each recipe had to be nutritious, include a variety of food groups and offer suggested healthy side dishes for a complete meal.

Each entry also required a brief essay describing the importance of healthy eating and some background on the recipe.

Tucker said she subscribes to the White House’s e-newsletter and found out about the contest that way. She and Logan worked together on the recipe and essay, she said.

“Ever since my children have been babies, we as a family have stayed away from the fast foods and frozen foods section of the grocery store,” Tucker wrote in their winning submission. “I lost my father at a young age due to health issues from being obese, and I make it a priority to teach my children the importance of healthy eating and longevity of life.”

The winners were chosen after two rounds of judging by a panel of experts that included “Epicurious” website editor Tanya Steel, assistant White House chef and senior policy adviser Sam Kass, celebrity chef José Andrés and representatives from the U.S. departments of Agriculture and Education.

“These kids understand that you are what you eat and that they need to strengthen their bodies and their minds with the most wholesome food possible,” Steel said in a statement.

Minnesota’s winner was 12-year-old Riley Sorensen of Carver, a southwestern suburb of the Twin Cities.

Sorensen’s recipe was for “Stuffed Red Peppers and Banana Oat Stacks.”

Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative aims to combat childhood obesity by encouraging America’s youth to eat healthier and engage in more physical activities.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Kristen Daum at (701) 241-5541

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