Research shows that children who are active and eat healthy:
* Center For Disease Control and Prevention, US Department of Health and Human Services
We teach one-hour long classes delivered over 8-10 weeks in schools and community centers, including those in low income communities and those for students with special needs. In our classrooms, students learn fruit and vegetable appreciation, how to read a recipe, cooking skills – and they have fun.
Trained instructors with a wealth of knowledge and experience in nutrition, the culinary arts, agriculture and elementary education lead our classes. Children are exposed to all aspects of food preparation and sanitation, learn about where our food comes from, master knife skills, learn to read and understand nutrition labels, and learn about heart health, diabetes prevention and much more.
Cooking with students in special education classes can be an opportunity to increase independence and simultaneously an opportunity to learn how to choose and make healthy food choices. Mastering these skills can help to facilitate transition from school to life in the "real world". Kids Cooking for Life believes in experiential education—skills are best learned by doing.
Our activities combine cooking as a life skill with reading, sequencing, working together and following directions, all of which may help to fulfill Individualized Education Program goals. Cooking is a multi-sensory experience. Students who have sensory processing challenges can benefit greatly from the smells, textures and tastes involved with the cooking process.
All of these students have the ability to succeed in making healthy food decisions and share these skills with friends and family for the rest of their lives. They deserve opportunities to enhance their lives and educational experience.