IMG_9029You’ve probably read about how we are working on the Arizona Health Improvement Plan to help us all live a better, healthier and longer life.  But one of the most important things we can do as today’s leaders is to inspire tomorrow’s leaders.

I had the opportunity to meet Cody Vasquez this week – he’s the Arizona winner of the national Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.  His Shrimp Tacos with Watermelon Jicama Salad won him a trip to the nation’s capital and dinner at the White House.  Cody’s a very bright young man who told me about several plans to keep up the healthy education in hopes of returning to the White House for a follow up visit.  Item one on his agenda, encourage kids to try new foods!  If you want to keep up with his work, you can follow him on

There are lots of great ideas for you to inspire kids to healthy eating and activities on our webpage.  It’s great fun to take kids to farmers’ markets and the grocery store where the bright colors will prompt lots of questions.  Farmers’ Markets are good for families who may not know how to prepare some of the less common fruits and vegetables. You can download a calendar to learn what’s in season.

It’s also fun to have kids involved in the cooking – who knows you may be the parent of the next @kidchefcody.