Partners for a Healthier Plate

February 26, 2013 | By | Comments (3)

1302w-myplate-pinterest-xWhat 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—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 and Kathleen Harris of, 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 Start pinning recipes at


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    I always spent my half an hour to read this blog’s articles or reviews all the
    time along with a mug of coffee.

    August 28, 2014 at 9:55 am
  2. Five on Friday: Top Recipe Pins from our MyPlate Partnership – Simmer & Boil | – Cooking Light

    […] launching our partnership with Let’s Move!, the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), and USDA’s MyPlate on […]

    April 26, 2013 at 1:01 pm
  3. Iron-Chef-Style Proof that School Lunches Can Actually Taste Good – Simmer & Boil | – Cooking Light

    […] The Garces team beat Food Network’s Anne Burrell, who worked with a Houston Independent School District team. Burrell made a very tasty burrito, but her peachy-cornbread dessert emerged from the oven a little undercooked—costing her points. The competition proved that, with a bit of culinary imagination, school kitchens can turn out kid-friendly food whose flavor beats that of any fast-food restaurant—for pennies. Thanks to the Partnership for a Healthier America folks for including Cooking Light in this year’s competition—I was lucky enough to be one of the judges. The event was MC’d by White House Assistant Chef Sam Kass, who is executive director of the Let’s Move! program. […]

    March 11, 2013 at 8:03 am

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