Kids Cook With Heart is an exciting new program aimed at teaching middle-school aged children how fun it can be to cook and eat healthy. This program was piloted in our state last year and is now in its second year.
Over the past 30 years childhood obesity has more than tripled, placing children at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease. In order to fight the onset of obesity among children, the American Heart Association developed the Kids Cook With Heart program. Studies show that youth who are involved in preparing their own meals are more likely to eat nutrient rich foods and more fruits and vegetables.
Kids Cook With Heart is a 6-week program designed to teach students the basic skills required to prepare their own meals at home, as well as the information they need to make healthier choices. The classes, taught by AHA volunteers with backgrounds in cooking and nutrition, are fun and educational. They’re also proving to be effective, with participants showing an average of a 25% improvement in the following measures:
- Increasing the consumption of fruit and vegetables
- Decreasing high sugar beverages
- Increasing comfort level in at-home meal preparation
If you are interested in bringing this program to your student group or have questions, please email Cherish Hart at [email protected].
Watch this short video to see the program in action. http://bcove.me/a8etya7p