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New collaboration creates easy access to healthy dishes with MyPlate recipes

LatinaLista — First Lady Michelle Obama has spearheaded the national effort to get children healthier by tackling the childhood obesity problem. From making healthy eating a part of her Let’s Move! campaign to getting school cafeterias to serve up healthier dishes to guilting national food chains to offer more healthy alternatives for kids and making them transparent as to how nutritious their foods really are, the First Lady has done all she can to make sure there’s no excuse for children not to be practicing healthy eating habits — away from home.

Yet, it’s when they’re at home that most children are likely to fall back into old bad habits. One of those bad habits, and it’s no fault of the child, is not eating food that’s good for them. Most families, who want to eat healthy, either can’t afford it or don’t have ready access to healthy recipes or both.

Now, there’s no excuse for parents.

The Let’s Move! campaign, the Partnership for a Healthier America and the USDA’s MyPlate have created a new tool to help make it easy for cash-strapped, busy families to find affordable healthy recipes — on their computers or smartphones.

Five of the largest media companies — Condé Nast, Hearst Magazines, Meredith, Food Network and Time, Inc.— have joined in a special collaboration identifying thousands of nutritious recipes within their extensive recipe archives that meet the guidance that supports USDA’s MyPlate.

To carry it one step further, nearly 1,000 of these ‘MyPlate recipes’ are featured on a new Pinterest page.

The media companies, which oversee such well-known cooking destinations as Allrecipes.com, Better Homes & Gardens, Everyday with Rachael Ray, Parents.com, RealSimple.com, etc, now have their cooking sites prominently feature MyPlate recipes on their homepage so parents don’t have to hunt them down.

“As a mom, I know how challenging it can be to think of new meal ideas that your kids will like and that will be good for them,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “This partnership takes the guess work out of finding healthier recipes and gives parents the information and the tools they need to make healthy choices for their families every day.”

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