Using recipes from her cookbook Let The Kids Cook!, as well as other recipes from around the world, Jo Anne offers an innovative interactive approach to cooking and healthy eating choices.
- Students are provided with a safe educational cooking environment.
- Students cook with fresh, whole foods.
- Organic foods, whole grains, a multitude of vegetables and fruits are emphasized.
- Students have fun in the kitchen while understanding the nutritional value of the foods they eat.
- Students learn how math (measuring their ingredients), science (evaporation when cooking with liquids) and art (food presentation) are incorporated into cooking.
- Students learn about portion control.
- Kitchen safety is emphasized at all times.
- Students learn to clean up after themselves.
- Students enjoy eating the healthy foods they prepare.
- Students are encouraged to practice their cooking experiences at home.
If everyone works together and supports each others’ efforts, eventually healthy habits will become routine and you’re more likely to succeed. You’ll be well on your way to improving your family’s health.
The Center for Disease, Control and Prevention states:
- Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years.
- One out of every three children in the U.S. are obese!
- Overweight is defined as having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water, or a combination of these factors. Obesity is defined as having excess body fat.
- Overweight and obesity are the result of “caloric imbalance”—too few calories expended for the amount of calories consumed—and are affected by various genetic, behavioral, and environmental factors.
- Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure.
- Obese adolescents are more likely to have pre-diabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels indicate a high risk for development of diabetes.
- Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.
- Healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing related diseases.
- Schools provide opportunities for students to learn about and practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors.