Why Teach Kids About Food

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Given the chance, most kids like to learn about food and healthy choices. A Chicago-area non­profit, Pi­lot Light, ran a food education pro­gram for 1,500 ele­men­tary school stu­dents and found that 95 per­cent en­joyed their food lessons and, be­cause of the pro­gram:

93% know that their food choices will a ect their future health 93% be­lieve it’s im­por­tant to know the in­gre­di­ents in their food 86% like try­ing new foods 83% be­lieve it’s im­por­tant to know where food comes from 78% feel they can choose healthy foods in the lunch room

Un­for­tu­nately, most schools don’t have the resources to pro­vide hands-on, en­gag­ing food in­struc­tion, but di­eti­tians and chefs are team­ing up to work out ways to solve the prob­lem. The coun­try’s largest school food­ser­vice com­pany, Chartwells K12, has been work­ing with Pi­lot Light in Chicago and, to cover a big­ger ge­o­graph­i­cal area, has launched the Mo­bile Teach­ing Kitchen. It’s lit­er­ally a fully equipped, trav­el­ling kitchen that moves from city to city by truck.

Us­ing a recipe-driven for­mat sim­i­lar to pop­u­lar food TV shows, chefs and di­eti­tians in the mo­bile kitchen teach, demon­strate, ad­vo­cate healthy choices, and let kids do some cook­ing. They turn food education into a fun ex­pe­ri­ence that helps kids get on a healthy path, and may help par­ents, too. Among grad­u­ates of the Pi­lot Light pro­gram, 74 per­cent felt con­fi­dent about ad­vis­ing their par­ents on food choices.

More In­for­ma­tion

Chartwells K12 pro­vides meals to 4,000 schools. For more in­for­ma­tion about its Mo­bile Teach­ing Kitchen, visit el­lythemtk.com. In the Chicago area, Pi­lot Light: pi­lot­lightchefs.org. In­for­ma­tion for health­care pro­fes­sion­als: Teach­ing Kitchen Col­lab­o­ra­tive.

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