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Do you have a child who likes to cook or help with food preparation? Here's a great opportunity to help your young chef get excited about being creative in the kitchen. We know that when kids get involved in preparing healthy meals they develop life-long healthy eating habits. This is why Dietitians of Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport are working together to get kids excited about healthy eating and creating kid-friendly healthy recipes.

Contest Details:
Visit the EatRight Ontario website for contest details and entry form or call 1-877-510-510-2 for more information. The deadline to enter is December 3, 2010.

Here is how your child can enter the EatRight Ontario Kids Recipe Challenge:
Who can enter?
Ontario students in grades 1 to 6.
What to do:
Create an original, kid-friendly recipe for either 1) school day lunches or 2) after school snacks. Kids can enter as many recipes as they like either in English or French.

Recipes will be judged on:
- Nutrition – School day lunch recipes must include THREE food groups from Canada’s Food Guide. The main meal should include three food groups. The fourth food group can be part of a beverage or side dish. (Submit only the recipe for the main meal).

After school snack recipes should include TWO food groups from Canada’s Food Guide. For more information on Canada’s Food Guide click here.
- Taste
- Originality
- Preparation
- Response to the question, “Why would kids like this recipe?” (100 words or less.)

The 2009 contest was a great success with glowing comments from both parents and kids. Winning recipes included unusual salads, hearty soups, healthier cookies and unique sandwiches. For more inspiration see the winning recipes at

Winners will be picked in each category for a grand prize, 2nd and 3rd place and an honourable mention. All winning recipes will be posted on Other prizes include gift certificates, clothing, cookbooks and cooking equipment.

For more information about the contest and to print the entry form and official rules:

If you have questions, or would like to order multiple copies of the contest poster and entry form, please call 1-877-510-510-2 or send an email

For more tips on making the school day healthier, visit:
Check out Dietitians of Canada’s interactive website with tools and video to help make lunch making easier, Healthy Lunches to Go at

EatRight Ontario offers advice on nutrition and daily food choices to help the people of Ontario live well and stay healthy. Dietitians of Canada and the Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport are working together to give the people of Ontario more ways to connect with a Registered Dietitian and get trusted advice on healthy eating at no charge. There are three easy ways to reach a Registered Dietitian at EatRight Ontario:
1) Call the toll-free number: 1-877-510-510-2 from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, with evening hours Tuesday and Thursday to 9pm.
2) Email the service and receive a personal reply from a Registered Dietitian.
3) Visit the website for articles, menus and recipes at