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Eye Opener: Federal foodies face off

By Ed O'Keefe

Eye Opener

Happy Wednesday! Five federal workers face off this afternoon in a first of its kind contest to crown the public sector foodie with the healthiest original recipe.

The Feds Get Fit Cook-off gets underway this afternoon at the Office of Personnel Management as part of the agency's government-wide efforts to get workers thinking about dieting and exercise. (Remember the official time off to walk and see the Cherry Blossoms?)

OPM received more than 500 submissions for its Health Recipe Challenge, which asked for original, healthy recipes that are either created from scratch or a modified version of a worker's favorite meal.

A panel of judges -- former "Top Chef" contestant and D.C.-area caterer Carla Hall, former New England Patriots player and WHUR host Daryl Haley and award-winning nutritionist Robyn Webb -- narrowed the list down to five finalists.

The finalists work for the Federal Aviation Administration, the Social Security Administration and the departments of Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development and Interior. This afternoon they will cook their recipes for the judges, who will then crown a winner based on the most nutritious and yummy submission. The winning recipes will be published in a Fed Get Fit cookbook, OPM said.

Does this sound like a good idea or a waste of time? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | April 21, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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Posted by: evanjack21 | April 21, 2010 6:47 AM | Report abuse

The Fed Get Fit cookbook is a good idea. Anything that helps employees undersdtand the connection between personnel health and a healthy lifestyle is good for both the individual and the country as a whole.

Posted by: mnbvcx | April 21, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

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