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Partners for a Healthier Plate

What gets us excited at Cooking Light? The first crop of summer tomatoes? Yes. Trimming another 5 minutes off an already-quick recipe? Sure. Partnering with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign to promote healthy cooking? Um. How about YES!

We are happy to announce that Cooking Light is working with Let’s Move!, the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), and USDA’s MyPlate to give anyone looking for healthier options access to a trove of recipes that will help them create healthy, tasty plates.

We’re contributing recipes just where we think you’ll find them: Pinterest. We know Pinterest has become a hot spot for finding and saving recipes, so we’re part of a coalition of media companies—including our colleagues at Real Simple and MyRecipes.com—to pin healthy recipes to a MyPlate-branded Pinterest page that launches today.

Start browsing boards on Chicken, Soups, Casseroles, Slow Cooker, and more to plan a meal with recipes that meet the guidance that supports USDA’s MyPlate. The guidelines for MyPlate have a simple foundation: Make half your plate fruits and veggies; make half your grains whole grains; and choose from a variety of lean protein. You’ll even find boards based on the food groups to mix and match for the perfect healthy plate. Even if you’re a healthy-plate pro, the graphic approach to MyPlate offers a simple tool to teach kids about nutrition.

Representatives from First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, the Partnership for a Healthier America, the US Department of Agriculture, and America’s five major media companies meet at the White House to celebrate a new effort to make healthful, MyPlate recipes easy to find and share online. (February 19, 2013. Photo credit: Adam Garber)

As a kick-off to this partnership, I traveled with my colleagues, Anne Cain of MyRecipes.com and Kathleen Harris of RealSimple.com, to a meeting at the White House with other media partners for an honest, hard-working conversation about how to make healthy choices and meals a reality for more people. I then joined First Lady Michelle Obama for a round-table discussion about keeping her own family healthy. The commitment and passion on display from the representatives of Let’s Move!, PHA, and Mrs. Obama were inspiring.

In the coming days and weeks, I’ll share more from what I learned from the First Lady, a peek inside the White House Garden and Kitchen, and share news from this partnership.

For more information about creating a healthy plate, visit www.choosemyplate.gov. Start pinning recipes at http://pinterest.com/MyPlateRecipes.