Healthy Food Fun

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New Mo­bile Teach­ing Kitchens are criss­cross­ing the coun­try to teach kids about the im­por­tance of nutri­tion and healthy food choices.

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

93% know that their food choices will af­fect 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 8% 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 food- ser­vice com­pany, Chartwells K12, has been work­ing with Pi­lot Light in Chicago and, to cover a wider ge­o­graph­i­cal area, has launched a Mo­bile Teach­ing Kitchen pro­gram. It’s a fully equipped, trav­el­ling kitchen that moves from city to city by truck.

Us­ing a recipe- driven for­mat sim­i­lar to pop­u­lar TV shows, chefs and di­eti­tians in the mo­bile kitchen teach, demon­strate, ad­vo­cate healthy choices, and even 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 of stu­dents felt confi dent about ad­vis­ing their par­ents on healthy food choices.

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