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PBS Healthy Lunchtime Challenge sends Appleton girl to White House

When Jennifer Ganser, a health coach for ThedaCare in Appleton, first read about the PBS Healthy Lunchtime Challenge on Epicurious, she knew right away that it was a good opportunity for her family.

“I love cooking and so I thought, ‘hey, we could probably do this together,’” said Jennifer.

The nationwide recipe contest encourages children to cook and eat healthy and culminating with a state dinner hosted by first lady Michelle Obama, with winners attending from each state and territory.

Jennifer’s 10-year-old daughter, Anna Ganser, jumped in right away, and the family started collaborating on recipe ideas.

“I just thought it would be neat to meet the first lady and go to the Capitol. I like roasted vegetables and cucumbers, so we started there and decided on the Mediterranean idea,” said Anna.

After choosing several finalists, chefs re-created each recipe in Washington for a panel of judges who rated each dish by taste, nutritional value and affordability. After weeks of waiting, the Gansers were able to celebrate.

“When heard the news, I came home and told (Anna) in person,” Jennifer said. “All of her sisters were home, and it was a big party for a while.” Continue reading PBS Healthy Lunchtime Challenge sends Appleton girl to White House

Pick Your Poison: "Sugar vs. Fat" Pits Bacon Against Bread

Twin doctors Chris and Xand Van Tulleken go on special diets in "Sugar vs. Fat," premiering 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 6 on Wisconsin Public Television.
Twin doctors Chris and Xand Van Tulleken go on special diets in “Sugar vs. Fat,” premiering 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 6 on Wisconsin Public Television.

As a kid, I always wondered what it would be like to have an identical twin. Would we switch places to trick our friends? Would we become famous actresses, maybe even starring in Full House? One scenario I never considered, however, is what twin doctors (twin doctors … what are the odds?) Xand and Chris Van Tulleken decided to do with their genetic similarities.

In the twins’ documentary Sugar vs. Fat, premiering 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 6 on Wisconsin Public Television, the pair go on separate diets for four weeks, with Xand only eating foods with a high sugar content like breads, pasta, rice, potatoes, sweets and fizzy drinks, and Chris only eating high-fat foods, consuming as much butter, cheese, meat, burgers, cream and mayonnaise as he desires.

Throughout their dietary duel, they test how their minds and bodies cope with high-sugar and high-fat meals. By the end of their experiment, the twins are less healthy than when they began, but their health suffers in very different ways. The end result proves that while both sugar and fat are damaging, the combination of the two could be the most threatening of all.

While the fact that sugar and fat aren’t particularly good for us might be unsurprising, the documentary offers a unique look at how certain food groups affect our bodies. The twins are extremely entertaining throughout, offering a much-needed dose of humor to lighten up the otherwise serious topic.

And for the record, if I had the opportunity to eat one of these dietary menaces in excess without the harmful consequences, I’d be team sugar all the way.

Chef Tory Miller Makes Food Local, Sustainable, Healthy and Delicious

“I thought it would just taste like vegetables, but it really tastes delicious!”

That was one of the comments from the school kids that Madison-based James Beard Award-winning chef Tory Miller is helping to learn about eating local, sustainable, healthy and tasty food.

Learn more about Miller’s journey from Racine to New York to Madison to become one of the country’s top chefs on tonight’s all-new Wisconsin Life at 8 on Wisconsin Public Television. Can’t wait? Watch his Wisconsin Life segment online now!

Gov. Scott Walker and Sesame Street Find Fun in Healthy Eating and Being Active

At the 2014 National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting, governors from across the United States met up with a few of our favorite Sesame Street friends to talk about healthy active lifestyles and good eating choices.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker even took a chance to spend some time with Rosita and Abby Cadabby to talk about the importance – and fun – of eating healthy and pursing an active lifestyle. Watch Gov. Walker and the Sesame Street gang in the videos below. To see some of the governors from other states, visit the NGA’s website here.

Explore more ways to eat healthy and exercise more at sesamestreet.org/healthyhabits.

Want to learn more about WPT’s efforts to help kids grow up healthy and active? Visit our WPT Kids page online now!