Kids Like to Cook! Using Nutrition Curricula and Cooking to Encourage Healthy Eating Focus on cooking • Not nutrition. »That’s the happy result! Goals for today… • After completing this session, participants will be able to 1. Plan a meal using MyPlate recommendations 2. Follow a recipe to prepare a healthy meal 3. Identify basic food preparation techniques Health Status of Youth • The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans report that an alarming 32% of American youth are overweight • 17% of American youth are obese. This percentage is even higher among minority youth populations. • Increased risk among youth for insulin resistance, hypertension, joint pain, early puberty, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders • 20% of youth calories come from snacks with more fat and less calcium than ever before State of Maryland 66% are overweight 7% of adolescents meet recommended daily consumption of fruits & vegetables 84% of high school students failed to meet recommended levels of physical activity 4 Key Questions • How can we help youth shift to healthier habits to last a lifetime? • How can we prevent eating problems and overweight youth? • How can we reduce sedentary time by building physical activity into a child’s or youth’s day? • How can we help each child to be healthier at their current size? • http://extension.umd.edu/4-h Lesson Format Outcomes • School age • Middle • Teen Instructor Essential Information Discussion Multiple Activities Reflection questions Application to other situations Cooking Activity Preparation Set Up Supplies Time Technology Challenge 4-H Curriculum http://www.4-h.org/resource-library/curriculum/healthy-living-curriculum/ Putting it all together… Food prep - and tasting Now Let’s see if you are Up for the Challenge!