Originally published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Volume 41, Number 5, 2009, by Lynn M. Walters, MS; Jane E. Stacey, BS
Traditional methods of delivering nutrition education emphasize knowledge acquisition; however, handson experience with food is an engaging and effective strategy to teach healthful eating behaviors.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines for School Health Programs to Promote Lifelong Healthy Eating recommend that school-based nutrition education programs use developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant activities, emphasize active learning and fun, and employ social learning techniques.
The Cooking with Kids curriculum was developed to support experiential food and nutrition education in elementary schools. Inspired by food acceptance and nutrition education research, Cooking with Kids lessons encourage children’s innate curiosity and enthusiasm for food through direct experience with fresh, affordable food.