Nutrition Month Post #3: Kids cook it up healthy

From the blog Worldchanging, here is an article on how parents in Amsterdam are promoting healthy eating in their children:

“[Kinderkookkafé] is part restaurant, part cooking school. Parents drop their kids off in the afternoon and return to eat the meal the children have made…..The point here, clearly, is to get kids connected with the food they eat, and to do it in a way that is serious and empowers them with regard to selecting ingredients intelligently and preparing them well……By learning the chemistry and complexity behind putting together a meal, kids can develop their own tastes for a healthful meal, and learn the pleasure of eating something made with their own hands. And parents can learn something by eating what their kids make!

The Kinderkookkafé experience also addresses another important component of developing balanced eating habits: dining with others. As another Doors participant, Margie Morris, pointed out in her presentation, our bigger bellies are a result not only of the food we’re eating, but the way we’re eating it. Studies have shown that people often snack and binge in private, whereas we eat in moderation when food becomes a social ritual.

By getting kids cooking and sharing the meals they prepare, Kinderkookkafé establishes a strong foundation for building good habits that stick around. Kids can include their families and friends in their process, and take their newly learned practices home. In this way it’s through fun and not through force that eating good food as a group activity can regain its importance and foster good health. “

Link to article on Worldchanging
Link to Kinderkookkafé (in Dutch)

Please let me know about any similar programs here in Canada so I can post about them.

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2 responses to “Nutrition Month Post #3: Kids cook it up healthy

  1. The closest I can think of is a program somewhere in Ontario where the teacher is doing something like running the high school cafeteria with his students, but they’re cooking really interesting food, rather than the average cafeteria fare. I saw an article about it in the Ottawa Citizen, probably last fall. My memories are quite vague.

  2. Hi, Gillian.

    Thanks for the tip. I’ll see if I can find more information by using Google.

    Elaine

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