By Holley Johnson Grainger
October 24, 2012

MyRecipes had the distinct honor of being invited by the Office of the First Lady and Let's Move! to participate in a "Conversation about Healthy Eating" with members of the Let's Move! and USDA MyPlate teams and editors from Food Network and Epicurious.

In light of a Nutrition Information Center survey finding that 20% of consumers have stopped paying attention to health information due to confusion over nutrition messages, we were charged with the following questions to open the discussion: What are ways you help consumers define “healthy eating” at your organization? What kind of demand do you see among your audience for information about healthy eating?

Holley in the White House Kitchen Garden

As a registered dietitian, Nutrition Editor and mother, I was encouraged to learn how different food websites and government programs are echoing what we already strive to promote on MyRecipes and choose real, wholesome foods, bring families together in the kitchen to cook healthy meals and be active.  I hope that our discussion will spur future conversations and partnerships so that together, we can all work to end childhood obesity.

I would encourage anyone not familiar with the MyPlate icon or Let's Move! to check it out. There are amazing resources, tips, menus, recipes and more on the sites.

As a fun activity before our meeting, the very entertaining and knowledgeable White House executive pastry chef Bill Yosses led Tanya Steel (Epicurious), Deb Puchala (Food Network), and me on a tour of the White House Kitchen Garden. All I can say is WOW! They definitely have been eating some fresh and nutritious food! From the towering bean stalks, rows of lettuce and greens and unsuspecting mango and fig trees to the bee hive and compost box, I was thoroughly impressed with this flourishing garden. Maybe next time I'll be able to stay and enjoy a meal!

White House Pastry Chef Bill Vossel with Deb, Tanya, and Holley

If you're familiar with Let's Move! or have creative ideas on how MyRecipes can partner with them or other healthy living campaigns, we want to know. While we know that it will take the involvement and dedication of many to achieve the goal to put an end to obesity, we are excited to be a part.

Hyacinth Beans--Brought to the White House Kitchen Garden from Monticello