Concerns from parents about the lack of nutrition and cooking abilities among young people living in Flint, Michigan, a group of local dietitians, chefs, and researchers came up with Flint Families Cook during the COVID-19 pandemic. program designed for families with children 8-18 years old. It is delivered electronically to families and children at their home.
This is a new addition to the fantastic educational materials (GEM) collection, which is available in Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior which is published by Elsevier and states it has Flint Families Cookdemonstrated the success of reaching children of low-income families and enhancing cooking self-efficacy understanding of nutrition, and self-efficacy when it comes to eating fruits and vegetables in youngsters.
Flint Families Cook which is co-facilitated by dietitian and chef, allows families to cook healthy meals at home, using only local ingredients. By taking 7.5 hours of live, online instruction for five weeks, families and children are taught the correct techniques to use knives and measuring, sauteing, baking, and roasting with a chef. dietitians concentrate on the health and nutrition benefits of particular foods and the nutrients.
“One extremely important aspect of the class occurring because of the virtual platforms is that families can participate in the classes instead of children taking part in the class on their own without their families. The first time we noticed parents being more involved in their education and sitting around the table when meals were cooked for a family meal,” said Amy Saxe-Custack PhD. MPH, RD, Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, Division of Public Health Michigan State University-Hurley Children’s Hospital. Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Public Health Initiative, Flint, MI, USA.
The virtual format for families directs families to cook healthy meals and extends the reach of the program to whole families as well as extended family and even friends. In addition , to having an ever-growing waitlist of eager families Flint Families Cook tackles the challenges of cooking healthy food and eating at the home. This program is practical and appealing to families with similar concerns over nutrition for children.
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