As part of the Federal wellness campaign,
OPM has launched a healthy recipe contest.

Submission of original recipes for the
contest runs through Friday, April 2, 2010.



Healthy Recipe Challenge
Which federal employee can submit an original healthy recipe that is both nutritious and delicious? 

Overview
The healthy recipe challenge is part of the FedsGetFit (FGF) wellness initiative. The recipe challenge is a fun and interactive way for federal employees to share recipes with their colleagues that will encourage healthy lifestyles.

Details of Challenge
The challenge will be launched during National Nutrition Month on Monday, March 22, 2010 by award winning nutritionist and book author, Chef Robyn Webb; and a local caterer and Top Chef finalist, Chef Carla Hall; and WHUR radio show host Darryl Haley.

Federal employees can enter the contest by submitting their favorite ORIGINAL healthy recipe via the FGF website.

The submitted recipes will be reviewed by a panel of judges who will select the top 5 recipes for each participating location. The employees who submitted the top entries will be asked to participate in a cook-off challenge or recipe tasting. These employees will prepare the recipe they submitted and a panel of judges will select the winner for each participating location. Details to come!

For locations having a cook-off challenge or recipe tasting, there will be one overall winner, two runner ups, and two honorable mentions.

For locations not hosting a cook-off or recipe tasting, there will be two honorable mentions for each region.

The winning recipes will be published in a FGF Cookbook and posted on the FGF website during the month of April alongside the name and picture of the federal employees who submitted them.

Rules and Guidelines
Recipe must be ORIGINAL. The employees must verify this by agreeing to contest terms when they submit the entry form.

An ORIGINAL recipe can be a recipe created from scratch or a modified version of an employee's favorite healthy recipe.

Recipe must include the number of servings the recipe yields, precise measure of ingredients, step-by-step preparation and cooking/baking directions, a description of how the recipe is healthy, and photograph(s) of the prepared dish (optional).

Recipe must be nutritious and delicious, and must meet the criteria of the challenge.

Submissions will be accepted ONLY from federal employees (not contractors or family members).

Only one submission per federal employee.

Submissions must include ALL the required fields of the email entry form.

Entries that do not follow the "Rules and Guidelines" will be disqualified.

Recipe Judging
Recipes will be judged by a panel.

The panel will include registered dietician(s) and professional chef(s). The panel will consider a variety of factors when judging the recipes such as: most nutritious, most delicious, most creative, most likely to actually be made by busy working employees, most attractive, and/or recipes suitable for special dietary restrictions or needs.

Recognition
Winners will be selected from DC and each of the participating FEB locations, which may include (Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Honolulu, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Minnesota, New Mexico, Newark, New Orleans, New York City, Oklahoma, Oregon, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, South Florida).

For locations having a cook-off challenge or recipe tasting, there will be one overall winner, two runner ups, and two honorable mentions.

For locations not hosting a cook-off or recipe tasting, there will be two honorable mentions for each region.

The winning recipes from DC and each of the participating FEB locations will be posted on the FGF website during the month of April alongside the name and picture of the federal employees who submitted them.

Each winning recipe will be published in a FGF Cookbook with the winner's name, picture, and recipe.

Employees who submit a top recipe in a location that does not have a designated cook-off challenge or recipe tasting will receive honorable mention. Their recipe will be posted on the FGF website and included in the FGF cookbook in the honorable mention category.

The cook-off/recipe tasting winners will receive a copy of the FGF cookbook autographed by the judges.

Timeline
Contest Launch: March 22, 2010
Recipe Entry Period: Monday, March 22, 2010 - Friday, April 2, 2010

Recipe Judging
Panel Initial Review: Monday, April 5, 2010 - Friday, April 9, 2010 Cook-Off
Invites Sent: Monday, April 12, 2010 - Wednesday, April, 14, 2010
Cook-Off: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - Thursday, April 22, 2010

Winners Notified/Posted on FGF Website:
Friday, April 23, 2010 and Monday, April 26, 2010

For additional details and/or to enter the challenge by submitting a recipe,
CLICK HERE.

FEDS GET FIT...Go for your Goal!