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Idaho Girl's Healthy Recipe Served at the White House

ight-year-old Josie Roll of Moscow, Idaho, recently went to Washington, D.C., to see her winning healthy recipe served at a White House dinner. Credit: Kate Roll.
ight-year-old Josie Roll of Moscow, Idaho, recently went to Washington, D.C., to see her winning healthy recipe served at a White House dinner. Credit: Kate Roll.
August 10, 2015

MOSCOW, Idaho - It isn't every kid who gets to eat dinner at the White House in Washington, D.C., but an Idaho eight-year-old girl not only did that she also got to see a recipe she helped create served as one of the options.

Josie Roll of Moscow's "Scrumptious Veggie Noodles with Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce and Chicken" recipe was a winner in the national Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. Roll says the idea came from a relative.

"I got it from my Aunt Maria, because she made these really nice veggie noodles, and my mom thought it would be cool if we made our own veggie noodles," Roll says.

She adds, her favorite part of making the recipe is pounding the chicken. The contest's goal was to promote healthy eating while involving family members in the kitchen.

Kathy Gardner, director at the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force, says recipe-creation with kids encourages healthy eating behaviors.

"Good nutrition and access to healthy food is critical to every child's development," says Gardner. "And has serious implications for how a child does health and physically, also in school and in the future."

Gardner points out that childhood nutrition is a timely topic because the Senate Agriculture Committee is marking up the Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill in the next few weeks. The bill oversees the school lunch and summer nutrition programs.

Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - ID