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Imagine cooking it up with The First lady Michelle Obama and Rachael Ray! #TTF got the deets!

Imagine cooking it up with The First lady Michelle Obama and Rachael Ray! #TTF got the deets!

Meredith Corporation the leading media company serving 102 million unduplicated American women and 72 percent of U.S. millennial women, unveiled the September 2016 issue of Rachael Ray Every Day magazine with a special guest appearance by First Lady Michelle Obama. The issue hits newsstands nationwide August 16.

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In honor of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge – a national recipe challenge for kids that promotes cooking and healthy eating as part of the First Lady's Let's Move!  Winners representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five territories attended a Kids' "State Dinner" at the White House hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama on July 14. The 56 aspiring young chefs joined the First Lady, Rachael Ray and Rachael Ray Every Day Editor-in-Chief Lauren Purcell for a healthy lunch featuring a selection of the winning recipes.

*First Lady Michelle Obama joins students in the spring harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden, June 6, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon) Image via.

“Through efforts like the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and Kids’ ‘State Dinner,’ we’re inspiring kids to get into the kitchen and unleash their creativity to come up with healthy meals and snacks that they and their families can enjoy,”
— Mrs. Obama

Rachael Ray's Yum-o! organization has joined with the First Lady to support this year's Healthy Lunchtime Challenge to inspire children to learn about healthy food choices and to make nutritious meals that appeal to kids. Through Yum-o!'s support, each of the winners received a keepsake cookbook with all of the winning recipes.

The full list of winners and recipes can be downloaded by clicking here.

"It's truly a privilege to work with First Lady Michelle Obama to improve nutrition and health for our nation's kids," said Rachael Ray. "Thanks to her efforts, a new generation is learning how our relationship to food and one another can deeply affect the quality of our own lives."

The magazine cover was shot with Rachael Ray and First Lady Michelle Obama in early June at the White House Kitchen Garden in Washington, D.C. The cover story, "First Lady Who Lunches," includes an account by Mrs. Obama of how her Let's Move! initiative – and her own family's healthy eating habits – came about, and showcases six of the kids' winning recipes.

"First Lady Michelle Obama is an inspiration to me and to so many others who are working to help children and their families learn to cook, eat and grow nutritious, delicious, affordable food," said Editor-in-Chief Lauren Purcell. "And she's the perfect cover star for us because she's accessible, authentic and just plain cool. Anyone who hasn't seen her 'Mom Dance' on the Tonight Show or her Carpool Karaoke appearance should go to YouTube immediately! Mrs. Obama's warm, down-to-earth attitude and her motivating message make her exactly right for Rachael Ray Every Day."

The September 2016 issue of Rachael Ray Every Day also serves up its usual family-friendly, make-it-tonight recipes in stories such as "Cook Once, Eat for a Month!" (page 108), which helps time-pressured readers make dinner ahead of time, and Rachael Ray's beloved "30 Minute Meals" (page 98), which celebrates seasonal produce. The issue also includes a story on throwing a wine party, "Uncork Some Fun" (page 120), and "The Rachael Ray Every Day Restaurant Survey" (page 74), a collaboration with the James Beard Foundation, which helps readers get the best experience and the most for their money when eating at restaurants.

Image and logo courtesy of Meredith Corporation. 

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