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Saturday, June 11, 2016

FACT SHEET: Obama Administration’s Record and the LGBT Community

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“We are big and vast and diverse; a nation of people with different backgrounds and beliefs, different experiences and stories, but bound by our shared ideal that no matter who you are or what you look like, how you started off, or how and who you love, America is a place where you can write your own destiny.” President Obama, June 26, 2015

Since taking office, President Obama and his Administration have made historic strides to expand opportunities and advance equality and justice for all Americans, including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Americans. From major legislative achievements to historic court victories to important policy changes, the President has fought to promote the equal rights of all Americans — no matter who they are or who they love. That commitment to leveling the playing field and ensuring equal protection under the law is the bedrock principle this nation was founded on and has guided the President’s actions in support of all Americans. And the progress the Administration has made mirrors the changing views of the American people, who recognize that fairness and justice demand equality for all, including LGBT Americans.

The Obama Administration’s record on social progress and equality includes:

Preventing Bullying and Hate Crimes against LGBT Americans

·         Overcoming years of partisan gridlock, the President worked with Congress to pass and sign into law the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law in October 2009, which extends the coverage of Federal hate crimes law to include attacks based on the victim’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

·         The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) collaborated with five other federal departments to establish a federal task force on bullying. One of the results was the creation of the website – www.StopBullying.gov. The site includes resources and assistance for LGBT youth, including examples of community groups that offer support and options to seek counseling. As part of the first-ever White House Conference on Bullying Prevention, the task force also funded a video called “It Gets Better” to address LGBT youth who have been bullied and are at risk of depression and suicide.

·         The U.S. Department of Education hosted five summits on strategies for protecting students, including LGBT students, from bullying and harassment. These events included an LGBT Youth Summit in 2011 and a meeting with transgender students in June 2015, with a sixth summit scheduled for August 2016.

Supporting LGBT Health

·         In June 2009, President Obama issued a directive on same-sex domestic partner benefits, opening the door for the State Department to extend the full range of legally available benefits and allowances to same-sex domestic partners of members of the Foreign Service sent to serve abroad. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) also expanded federal benefits for same-sex partners of federal employees and allowed same-sex domestic partners to apply for long-term care insurance.

·         In March 2010, the Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Obama and ensures that Americans have secure, stable, and affordable insurance. Insurance companies are no longer able to discriminate against anyone due to a pre-existing condition, and because of the law, insurers can no longer turn someone away just because he or she is lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

·         The federal website, HealthCare.gov, designed to help all consumers find the health insurance best suited to their needs, makes it easy to locate health insurers that cover domestic partners.

·         The Affordable Care Act also makes it easier for people living with HIV and AIDS to obtain Medicaid and private health insurance and overcome barriers to care from qualified providers.

·         President Obama developed and released the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States in 2010, updated it through 2020, and is implementing it to address the disparities faced especially by gay and bisexual men of all races and ethnicities and transgender women of color.

·         The President has supported legislative efforts to ban the use of so-called “conversion therapy” against minors and released a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) study condemning the practice. This report, which was developed in collaboration with the American Psychological Association and a panel of behavioral health experts, is the first federal in-depth review of conversion therapy. As SAMHSA reported, variations in sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression are normal. Conversion therapy is not effective, reinforces harmful gender stereotypes, and is not an appropriate mental health treatment.

·         HHS funded the Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders (SAGE) to establish the first national resource center for older LGBT individuals. This center supports communities across the country as they aim to serve the estimated 1.5 to 4 million LGBT individuals who are 60 and older. This center provides information, assistance and resources at the state and community levels.

·         HHS now requires all hospitals receiving Medicare or Medicaid funds – just about every hospital in America – to allow visitation rights for LGBT patients. The President also directed HHS to ensure that medical decision-making rights of LGBT patients are respected.

Repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

·         The President signed bipartisan legislation to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell on December 22, 2010, allowing gay, lesbian, and bisexual Americans to serve openly in the Armed Forces without fear of being dismissed from service because of who they are and who they love, putting in motion the end of a discriminatory policy that ran counter to American values.

Ending the Legal Defense of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

·         In February 2011, the President and Attorney General announced that the Department of Justice would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act’s provision defining marriage as only between a man and woman, leading to the Supreme Court’s landmark decisions holding the Act unconstitutional.

·         After the United States v. Windsor decision, in which the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional, the President instructed the Cabinet to review over 1,000 federal statutes and regulations to ensure the decision was implemented swiftly and smoothly by the federal government to recognize the rights of same-sex couples.

·         The Administration has long advocated for a Constitutional guarantee of marriage equality for same-sex couples—a position the Supreme Court vindicated in its historic decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.

·         In October 2015, after the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced proposed regulations implementing the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision for federal tax purposes to ensure all individuals would be treated equally under the law.

·         After the Supreme Court issued a decision in Obergerfell v. Hodges, the Social Security Administration (SSA) began to recognize all valid same-sex marriages for purposes of determining entitlement to Social Security benefits or eligibility for Supplemental Security Income. SSA continues to work closely with the LGBT advocacy community to conduct outreach to ensure that same-sex couples are aware of how same-sex marriage affects benefits.

Protecting LGBT Americans against Discrimination

·         In July 2014, the President signed an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against any employee or applicant for employment “because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin,” continuing to set an example as a model employer that does right by its employees.

·         The Administration has taken unprecedented steps to protect and promote the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming Americans. These actions have included:

o   The release of joint guidance from the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice to provide educators with the information they requested to ensure that all students, including transgender students, can attend school in an environment free from discrimination. Additionally, the Department of Education published Examples of Policies and Emerging Practices Guide for Supporting Transgender Students.

o   The issuance of guidance from the Department of Justice that concluded that the prohibition against sex discrimination in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 encompasses claims of discrimination on the basis of gender identity, including transgender status.

o   Agencies, including OPM, the State Department, SSA, and HHS, took various actions to ensure that transgender Americans were treated fairly and without discrimination in the workplace, in official documents, and in the health care system.

Taking Steps to Ensure LGBT Equality in Housing and Crime Prevention

·         In 2009, HUD commissioned the first-ever national study of discrimination against members of the LGBT community in the renting and sale of housing. The Department also launched a website to allow citizens to offer comments on housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Since then, HUD has continuously worked to address LGBT housing discrimination.

·         In January 2012 and in 2015, the President issued a final rule and subsequent guidance to ensure that the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s core housing programs and services are open to all persons regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

·         HUD’s Equal Access Rule makes it clear that housing that is financed or insured by HUD must be made available without regard to actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status. It also prohibits owners and operators of HUD-funded housing, or housing whose financing was insured by HUD, from inquiring about an applicant’s sexual orientation or gender identity or denying housing on that basis. In addition, the guidance makes clear that sexual orientation and gender identity should not and cannot be part of any lending decision when it comes to getting an FHA-insured mortgage.

·         In 2013, HUD teamed up with the True Colors Fund to give LGBT youth a safe space to be their true selves. Over the next two years, the initiative has developed and evaluated strategies to prevent lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth from becoming homeless or intervene as early as possible once they do become homeless.

·         The Justice Department issued guidance stating that Federal prosecutors should enforce criminal provisions in the Violence Against Women Act in cases involving same-sex relationships.

·         In December 2015, the Department of Justice issued Guidance on Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. The guidance serves two key purposes.  First, it aims to examine how gender bias can undermine the response of law enforcement agencies to sexual assault and domestic violence.  Second, it provides a set of basic principles that – if integrated into law enforcement agencies’ policies, trainings and practices – will help ensure that gender bias, either intentionally or unintentionally, does not undermine efforts to keep victims safe and hold offenders accountable.

Advancing and Protecting the Rights of LGBT Persons around the World

·         The Obama Administration continues to engage systematically with governments around the world to advance the rights of LGBT persons. The Administration’s leadership has included various public statements and resolutions at the UN.

·         President Obama has also issued a presidential memorandum that directs all Federal agencies engaged abroad to ensure that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of LGBT persons.

·         The Department of State continues to grow the Global Equality Fund, a multi-sector public-private partnership to advance the human rights of LGBT persons globally.  Since the Fund was launched in December 2011, it has allocated over $30 million to civil society organizations in 80 countries worldwide. 

·         USAID, the U.S. government agency primarily responsible for delivering international aid and assistance, launched the LGBTI Global Development Partnership and "Being LGBTI in Asia," and funded a range of LGBTI human rights programs. In 2014, USAID released its LGBT Vision for Action, a document that communicates USAID’s position on LGBTI issues to internal and external stakeholders.

·         In February 2014, USAID appointed a USAID Senior LGBT Coordinator to ensure that the promotion and protection of LGBTI rights is fully integrated into all aspects of USAID's vital work overseas. 

·         In February 2015, the U.S. State Department appointed the first-ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons to lead and coordinate U.S. diplomatic efforts to advance LGBTI rights around the globe. 

·         The State Department revised its Foreign Affairs Manual to allow same-sex couples to obtain passports under the names recognized by their state through their marriages or civil unions.

Recognizing LGBT History and Contributions

·         On May 28, 2014, the Department of the Interior announced a new National Park Service theme study to identify places and events associated with the civil rights struggle of LGBT Americans and ensure that the agency is telling a complete story of America’s heritage and history. The results of the theme study are expected later this year.

·         On June 9, 2015, the Henry Gerber House in Chicago, IL was designated a National Historic Landmark. Once the residence of noted gay rights activist Henry Gerber, the home was where the nation's first chartered LGBT rights organization, the Society for Human Rights, was formed in 1924. The Henry Gerber House is one of nine LGBT sites that have been designated as a landmark or historic place during the Obama Administration.

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FIRST IN LINE: Recalling Shirley Chisholm's legacy on the cusp of history

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Long before Hillary Clinton seized the democratic nomination, an African American woman named Shirley Chisholm was the first woman to run for president on a major party ticket. Her campaign slogan was "Unbought and unbossed." The firt Black woman in Congress, Chisholm was also a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus.  An unrelenting freedom fighter, Chisholm was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom post-homulously. While Clinton is in a position to posssily become the first female POTUS, it is important to note that Chisholm paved the way.
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Myron Butler &Levi release 'On Purpose'

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(New York, NY) - Multiple award winner, gospel music standard-bearer: Myron Butler & Levi to release new album ON PURPOSE, in stores and online today.  It was 10 years ago when Butler & Levi set the music industry on fire with their debut hit "Set Me Free," The song garnered them worldwide recognition and the group's first Grammy Award nomination and multiple Stellar Awards.   

Proving longevity and consistency, ON PURPOSE is Myron Butler & Levi's fourth album. Widely recognized as one of the genre's strongest creative forces as a songwriter, worship leader, singer and producer, ON PURPOSE takes their music to new levels. 

From the powerhouse first single, "Best Praise," featuring long time Levi member Candy West and "Sunday Best" winner: Amber Bullock, to a solid soon-to-be-classic, "Best Praise," which is perfectly suited for Sunday morning; And dynamic tracks like "Heaven's Rain," a duet with Jonathan Butler and "Nobody Like Our God", there is a lot to explore on this project. Other highlights include the album's title track, "On Purpose" with featured soloist Tamela Mann and a special spoken word from Bishop T.D. Jakes.

Butler is also adding author to his growing list of accomplishments. This year he will coincide the release of ON PURPOSE with the release of his first book, "Born Identity" which offers fans a second tool to understanding and reaching their divine purpose.

Butler will be promoting both projects this summer with appearances and performances in Memphis TN, Atlanta GA, San Diego CA, and the "National Worship Leaders Conference" in Waco, TX.

ON PURPOSE is available in-stor
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Friday, June 10, 2016

TUNE-IN ALERT: Bounce TV to air Ali special on June 12

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LOS ANGELES - JUNE 10, 2016 -  Following today's live coverage of Muhammad Ali’s farewell procession and memorial service, Bounce TV will continue to pay tribute to "The Greatest" on Sunday night.

Premier Boxing Champions – The Next Round will include several special tributes to the late icon and his tremendous impact on boxing throughout the telecast this Sunday at 9:00 p.m. ET. Tune in to the action on Bounce TV as welterweights Joseph Elegele and Phil Lo Greco go toe-to-toe in the ring.

Click here to find out how and where to watch Bounce TV.  
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Orphaned Starfish Foundation LA Raises over $200,000 at its Inaugural 1OAK Launch Party

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA AND OPRAH WINFREY COME TOGETHER FOR A CONVERSATION AT THE UNITED STATE OF WOMEN SUMMIT

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Tuesday, June 14th
 
Washington, DC * 5:00PM ET – As part of The White House’s The United State of Women Summit, First Lady Michelle Obama will join Oprah Winfrey for a conversation about Trailblazing the Path for the Next Generation of Women. The conversation will aim to inspire the next generation of women, shedding light on the progress the First Lady and Ms. Winfrey have seen women achieve, and to encourage young women to take action so that progress continues for generations to come.   
 
The United State of Women Summit will feature a variety of speakers and special guests discussing gender equality issues, economic empowerment, health and wellness, education, violence, entrepreneurship and innovation, leadership, and civic participation. The Summit will serve to rally women together to make a powerful difference in their collective future. For more information, visit www.theunitedstateofwomen.org.  
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She did it: Hillary Clinton is the Democrativ presidential nominee

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Winning four out of six state primaries on June 7, 2016, Hillary Rodham Clinton was declared the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. Mrs. Clinton is the first woman in American history to secure a nomination for a major party. A day before the nomination was confirmed the AP and NBC projected she was the nominee. The biggest victory came from the state of California Clinton will face off against Donald Trump in the general election, but will officially accept the nomination at the DNC Convention in Philadelphia this July.

Meanwhile,Sen. Bernie Sanders is undeterred and has vowed to remain in the race an take his fight all the way to the convention."The struggle continues," he said after winning only two states last night, North Dakota and Montanna.

UPDATE, 6/10

"I am going to do everything in my power to make sure Donald Trump does not become the President of the United States." Sanders, said on June 9 following a one hour meeting with President Obama at the White House

Sanders met with Pres. Obama following Hillary Clinton's confirmation as the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate. While he did not offer a direct endorsement, he agreed to unify the party and support his former rival.


President Obama sealed his support for Hillary Clinton with a rousing endorsement after meeting with Sanders.
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White House announces 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge recipe winners

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FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA, WGBH BOSTON, AND PBS
ANNOUNCE WINNING RECIPES IN NATIONWIDE
HEALTHY LUNCHTIME CHALLENGE
Winners to Attend Kids’ "State Dinner" at the White House on July 14

WASHINGTON, D.C. – First Lady Michelle Obama, PBS flagship station WGBH Boston, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today the winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a nationwide recipe challenge for kids that promotes cooking and healthy eating as part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative. Winners representing all U.S. states, five territories, and the District of Columbia will attend a Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House hosted by Mrs. Obama on July 14. The 56 aspiring young chefs and a parent or guardian will join the First Lady for a healthy lunch, featuring a selection of the winning recipes, followed by a visit to the White House Kitchen Garden.

“For the last five years, kids across the country have cooked up nutritious and delicious dishes as part of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, and each year, I continue to be impressed by their talent and creativity,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “Kids are truly embracing and enjoying healthy eating and preparing healthy meals for their families, and I look forward to meeting this year’s winners here at the White House for the Kids’ “State Dinner” and trying some of their tasty creations.”
This is the fifth year of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ “State Dinner” in which 8 to 12-year-olds across the nation were invited to create a healthy, affordable, original, and delicious lunch recipe. Entrants were encouraged to reference ChooseMyPlate.gov to ensure recipes met the USDA’s recommended nutrition guidance by representing each of the food groups, either in one dish or as parts of a lunch meal, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy. In addition, in celebration of the MyPlate, MyState initiative, this year’s challenge put a spotlight on homegrown pride across the country and encouraged entries to include local ingredients grown in the entrant’s state, territory, or community. The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge received over 1,200 entries featuring wholesome, tasty ingredients. To make the challenge possible for kids and their families across America, support is being provided to WGBH by Newman’s Own Foundation.

The winners and featured recipes include:

·         ALABAMAGreen Chicken Wrap and Fruit-tacular Salad, Lael Jefferson, Age 11
·         ALASKA: Wrapped Alaska Denali Style and Spinach Smoothie, Denali Schijvens, Age 9
·         AMERICAN SAMOA: Breadfruit, Taro, and Garlic Chicken Trio, Amelie Chen, Age 9
·         ARIZONA: Scarlet's Southwest Barack-A-Bowl, Scarlet Summers, Age 10
·         ARKANSAS: Asian in Arkansas, Lily Radtke, Age 11
·         CALIFORNIA: Cannon's California Rolls, Cannon Meiers, Age 8
·         COLORADO: Hannah's Sweet and Savory Chicken and Peaches, Hannah Skalicky, Age 10
·         CONNECTICUT: Springtime Lunchtime, Kalaya Moody, Age 10
·         DELAWARE: Caribbean Fiesta!, Jamal Bin-Yusif, Age 11
·         FLORIDA: Bountiful Florida Fish “BFF” Cakes, Olivia LaRochelle, Age 12
·         GEORGIA: Spaghetti Squash and Turkey Bolognese, Jackson Kelly, Age 8
·         GUAM: Quinoa-Crusted Katsu Curry with Cauliflower Rice, Grayson Giles, Age 8
·         HAWAII: Poke Me Ke Aloha, Kaira Grace Pan, Age 9
·         IDAHO: Super Stars and Stripes Salmon Patty, Jacob Russell, Age 8
·         ILLINOIS: West Wing Chicken with Secret Service Noodles, Maggie Smith, Age 11
·         INDIANA: Chicken Tikka Pita with Cucumber Raita, Shakthi Ramachandran, Age 8
·         IOWAAmerican Gothic Calzones, Lola Shorney, Age 11
·         KANSAS: Lentil Tacos with Cilantro-Avocado Drizzle, Joey Heidari, Age 12
·         KENTUCKY: One Bag Bluegrass Bake!, Will Bingham, Age 10
·         LOUISIANA: Sweet Savory Dip-tastic Louisiana Power Lunch, Owen Osborne, Age 8
·         MAINE: Quinoa Chickpea Salmon Rolls with Salad, Scout Bookham, Age 8
·         MARYLAND: Maryland Crab Lettuce Cups, Colby Trenor, Age 9
·         MASSACHUSETTS: Fit to Run Boston Marathon Cod-Potato Cake, Abby Newman, Age 10
·         MICHIGAN: Super Stuffed Squash, Ethan Yodzevicis, Age 10
·         MINNESOTA: Alexandra's Refreshing Watermelon Salad, Alexandra Steele, Age 9
·         MISSISSIPPI: Kickin’ Cauliflower Shrimp and Grits, Aniya Madkin, Age 10
·         MISSOURI: Tropical Vacation with Catfish and Quinoa, Abhijith Jenkins, Age 11
·         MONTANA: Bison in a Field, Brooke DuCharme, Age 8
·         NEBRASKA: Tasty Veggie Tacos, Lauren Hinrichs, Age 10
·         NEVADA: Veggie-Packed Indian Lentils, Skylar McGough, Age 8
·         NEW HAMPSHIRE: Teeny Zucchini Triangular Panini, Jude VanderHooven, Age 8
·         NEW JERSEY: Gianna's Salmon Paradise, Gianna Malecki, Age 8
·         NEW MEXICO: Green Chili Cheese Roll and Lime Jicama Fries, McLean Knight, Age 10
·         NEW YORK: Chicken Cheeseball Kabobs on Veggie Spaghetti, Danielle Mazlish, Age 10
·         NORTH CAROLINA: Korean Lentil Patties, Mena Choi, Age 10
·         NORTH DAKOTA: Red Potato Boat with 3 Bean Bison Chili, Stella Halverson, Age 8
·         NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS: Chicken Kebab Lettuce Wraps, Fanai Staffler, Age 9
·         OHIO: Chicken Sausage Cauliflower Crust Pizza, Wyatt Rosengarten, Age 9
·         OKLAHOMA: Okie Pride Brown Rice with Chicken and Vegetables, Maya Jacob, Age 10
·         OREGON: All Kale Caesar!, Hannah Conte, Age 12
·         PENNSYLVANIA: Sunny's Omelette and Bo's Patriotic Parfait, Ava Terosky, Age 9 
·         PUERTO RICO: Oat! My Tropical Pizza, Victor Junniel Rivera, Age 10
·         RHODE ISLAND: Peace in the Middle East Soup and Salad, Pablo Aizenman, Age 10
·         SOUTH CAROLINA: Carolina Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple Salsa, Kiana White, Age 12
·         SOUTH DAKOTA: Catch of the Day Fish Tacos, Josh Weissenberger, Age 11
·         TENNESSEE: Awesome Baked Falafel with Mango Salsa, Leya Alani, Age 9
·         TEXAS: Tex-Mex Veg-Head Lasagna, Priya Patel, Age 10
·         U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS: Healthy Chicken, Orin Hayes, Age 12
·         UTAH: American Flag Ravioli in Creamy Garden Sauce, Daniela Bergantz, Age 10
·         VERMONT: Go Local Lunch!, Miranda Gallagher, Age 8
·         VIRGINIA: Victory at Yorktown, Kathryn Duvall, Age 10
·         WASHINGTON: Salish Sea Kedgeree, Lukas Anderson, Age 10
·         WASHINGTON, D.C.: D.I.Y. Sushi, Elena Sotobashi, Age 8
·         WEST VIRGINIA: Grace's Supermeal: Cool Couscous and Berry Healthy Dessert, Grace Landini, Age 12
·         WISCONSIN: Wisconsin Cranberry Chickpea Salad, Raya El-Hajjar, Age 8
·         WYOMING: Chicken and Veggie Salad, Hannah Andreen, Age 11

Each winner and a parent or guardian will be flown to Washington, D.C. courtesy of United Airlines. Accommodations in Washington are provided by the Westin Georgetown. New this year, Blue Apron will be featuring one of the winning recipes on their Family Plan menu for delivery the week of July 11 as part of their efforts to get the whole family into the kitchen preparing healthy meals. In addition, at the Kids’ “State Dinner,” winners will have the opportunity to learn from Author, Daytime Host, Child Nutrition Advocate, and member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Rachael Ray, whose Yum-o! organization has joined to support this year’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.

“These extraordinary recipes remind us how much we all can learn from young people when we give them an opportunity to be inventive,” said WGBH Executive in Charge Brigid Sullivan.

“We are thrilled to see kids across the country connecting with local and regional foods by highlighting locally grown ingredients in their recipes,” said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “That’s what MyPlate, MyState is all about – celebrating healthy eating with foods grown in states, territories and communities across the country. Increasing awareness and appreciation for local and regional agriculture not only helps America’s farmers, ranchers, and producers, but also strengthens local economies and brings communities together while ensuring improved nutrition for our children in schools across America.”
“Healthy students are better learners and better positioned to thrive in school and later in life,” said U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. “Every child in this country needs and deserves access to a genuinely well-rounded education that engages and intrigues them, and allows them to discover their interests in the arts, science, world languages and so much else. Physical education and health are an important part of that education as well as hands-on learning.  The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge inspires children to use their creativity and passion to learn about healthy food choices and to make nutritious, affordable meals that are appealing to kids.”  
The winners were chosen by a panel of judges that included: Debra Eschmeyer, Executive Director ofLet’s Move! and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition; Lauren Purcell, Editor-in-Chief of Rachael Ray Every Day Magazine; Jackie Haven, MS, RD, Deputy Director, USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion; Stephenie Fu, Senior Policy Advisor, USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion; Gena Kochan, Office of General Counsel, USDA; Kristina Spencer, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Education; Tanya Steel, Editorial Director of Clean Plates; previous Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winners; and participants in the Common Threads program for children.

The full list of winners and recipes can be found online at pbs.org/lunchtimechallenge. Additionally, a free downloadable and printable e-cookbook of the winning recipes, including nutritional analyses and photos, will be available on July 14 on the contest site, LetsMove.govUSDA.gov, and Ed.gov.

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