Cooking with Kids increased fruit and vegetable preferences, especially with vegetables.

Leslie Cunningham-Sabo and Barbara LohseJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior – March 2014

Cooking with Kids was recently part of a USDA-funded research project conducted by Colorado State University. For several years, researchers evaluated the impact on fourth graders participating in Cooking with Kids’ hands-on nutrition education, first in our programs in Santa Fe and then in a pilot program in Colorado. Findings were published in Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior and Childhood Obesity.*

For fourth graders, experiential nutrition education improved cognitive behaviors that may mediate healthful food choices.

Leslie Cunningham-Sabo and Barbara LohseJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior – March 2014 (see below for links to abstract and full article)*

Additionally, a systematic review of the evidence for impact of cooking programs for school-aged children showed the above referenced 2013 Cooking with Kids study to be the only research study design rated “strong” by the Effective Public Health Practice Project.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

More research and articles

Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior – March 2014 (Vol. 46, Issue 2, Pages 110-120, DOI: 10.1016/j.jneb.2013.09.007)
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior – March 2014 (Vol. 46, Issue 2, Pages 110-120, DOI: 10.1016/j.jneb.2013.09.007)

Valid and Reliable Measure of Cognitive Behaviors toward Fruits and Vegetables for Children Aged 9 to 11 Years

Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior: Volume 43, Number 1, 2011

Qualitative Investigation of the Cooking with Kids Program: Focus Group Interviews with Fourth-Grade Students, Teachers, and Food Educators

Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior: Volume 43, Number 6, 2011
Journal of Extension: www.joe.org. February 2011, Volume 49, Number 1, Article Number 1FEA6
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior: Volume 41, Number 5, 2009

Curriculum and Web Site Review: Cooking with Kids, Integrated Curriculum Guide, Grades K-1, Grades 2-3, Grades 4-6.

Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior: Volume 41, Number 2, 2009