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A 9-Year-Old From Madelia has Lunch at the White House

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MADELIA, Minn. -

A 9-year-old from Madelia won a cooking competition that sent her to the White House. It was part of a national contest promoting better eating habits for kids called "Healthy Lunchtime Challenge."

A day after her trip to Washington D.C. busy 9-year-old Katelyn Kirchner was onto her next competition, being judged at the 4 H Presentation Day for the Watonwan County Fair. But she's already a winner.

Out of 1300 applicants 54 children from across the country attended a lunch event as part as First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" Initiative.

Proud parent, Lea Kirchner says, "One out of three children will have type 2 diabetes and we all want to make sure our kids get the best nutrition  so they don't have to deal with those issues later in life. That's why Michelle Obama took on the initiative to get kids healthy."

With over a dozen of varieties of fruits and vegetables to choose from in their garden, Katelyn submitted her Garden Stir Fry recipe an hour before the deadline.
Katelyn says, "We would eat it every week when we had vegetables to use and I just thought it was really healthy."

Along with meeting the President and First Lady, while she was in D.C. Katelyn met Rep. Tim Walz, Senator Amy Klobuchar. Eight lucky states or territories were chosen as featured dish for the "State Dinner" but all kids were able to ask Michelle Obama a question.

Katelyn says, "I asked what's her favorite sport and she said tennis and what she liked to plant in her garden and she said lettuce bulbs and wheat."

The First Lady highlighted their cooking abilities and encourages the students to follow their dreams.

First Lady Michelle Obama says, "Explore and dream today and for years to come. That's what this is all about. Right here in this room we're already seeing the impact of making healthy choices."

Lea says, "It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, we weren't looking into the White House. We were looking out."

At the end of this month Katelyn's recipe will be served at the State Health Improvement Plan event in Fairmont.