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Contest Encourages Kids, Families to Cook Together in 2020

Make a New Year’s Resolution to Prioritize Health with Annual Kids’ Healthy Cooking Contest Open Now










PHOENIX – Jan. 3, 2019 – It’s that time of year again — time to make New Year’s resolutions! This year, why not resolve to get kids into the kitchen to cook as a family? Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona’s annual Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge is a great way to make that happen.

Open for entries through Jan. 24, the contest is an ideal way to encourage kids to try new dishes that include healthy ingredients like fruits and vegetables. Children between the ages of 9 and 12 living anywhere in the state of Arizona can submit healthy and tasty creations online at Recipe submissions must be for a delicious, nutritious and kid-friendly side dish to be entered to win great prizes and the title of the state’s top kid chef. Finalists will even get the chance to serve their culinary creations at a Phoenix Suns home game on Feb. 7.

Last year’s winner was 9-year-old David Hummert from Scottsdale, Ariz. He was excited to share one of his family’s favorite dishes.

“I entered the Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge because I like to cook, I had a really good pasta recipe and I wanted to win a new bike,” said Hummert. “My Broccolini Pasta was filled with lots of great veggies, like sun-dried tomatoes, zucchini and broccolini, and it still tasted really good!”

Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge recipe submissions must be:

  • An original recipe for a hot or cold side dish
  • Include at least one fruit and/or vegetable
  • Be able to be cooked within 20 minutes (not including prep time)

The top five recipes will be selected by a panel of experts based on nutritional value, taste and originality. Finalists will then be invited to present their creations at a Phoenix Suns home game Feb. 7 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena. After the cooking demonstrations, recipes will be posted online at for a public vote. Voting will be open from Feb. 7–18.

Annual Kids’ Healthy Cooking Contest Open Now

“Over the years, I have met so many talented kid chefs thanks to this contest,” said Myrna Collins, health promotion executive, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. “I am inspired by the youngsters’ passion for cooking, their creativity and most importantly – their willingness to try new fruits and vegetables. I cannot tell you how many times I have been motivated to try new dishes with my family after seeing the culinary creations these kid chefs develop. It’s wonderful knowing that we are inspiring future generations to make positive food choices.”

Visit for complete contest details and to submit a recipe. All entries must be submitted no later than Friday, January 24, 2020, for consideration.

About Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) is committed to helping Arizonans get healthier faster and stay healthier longer. With a focus on connecting people with the care they need, BCBSAZ offers health insurance and related services to more than 1.5 million customers. BCBSAZ, a not-for-profit company, is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. The company employs more than 1,800 people in its Phoenix, Chandler, Flagstaff, and Tucson offices. Through advanced clinical programs and community outreach, BCBSAZ is inspiring health. To learn more, visit

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