It’s never too early for students to start learning about healthy eating and food preparation. This month, Collingwood elementary schools have teamed up to participate in the You’re the Chef initiative. Offered with support of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, the program teaches students the importance of eating healthy and the skills needed to safely prepare meals with veggies and fruit as star ingredients.
“We’re excited to give students an opportunity to get hands-on cooking experience, and to develop skills that will last a lifetime,” says Karen Moffitt, vice-principal at Mountain View Elementary School. “Our community partners are incredibly supportive of our efforts to help our students make healthy choices now and for the future.”
The five-week program includes topics such as:
- the importance of vegetables and fruit
- food preparation skills
- safe food handling
- basic kitchen safety
The students are excited about learning how to cook healthy snacks and meals, and the program is already showing positive outcomes. One parent noted that her child now accompanies her to the grocery store and looks specifically for fruits and vegetables from the recipes learned in You’re the Chef.
Students have learned to make healthy and delicious meals/snacks such as:
- blueberry grunt
- veggie pitas
- cheese and veggie quesadillas
- cheddar apple yogurt wraps
- fresh cucumber and tomato salad