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4-H Cooking Club

Cultivating culinary kids is a great way to help them build healthy habits early on. When children know how to make healthy food choices and can prepare well-balanced meals on their own, they'll be far less reliant on unhealthy, quick and easy options like fast food and pre-packaged foods.

Teaching kids how to cook makes them healthier, but it also does a lot more. Sure, it's a great way to help them build healthy habits that will carry them into adulthood. But as Julie Negrin M.S., C.N., writes in her ebook, How to Teach Cooking to Kids, it's also a great way to reinforce and teach subjects like science, math, and reading, and provides a fun, hands-on way to introduce them to other life skills such as budgeting, problem-solving, grocery shopping and more. And according to WebMD, it gets them away from the TV and into an activity that helps build independence and self-confidence.

Objectives

  • Increased knowledge of the MyPlate system.
  • Ability to identify foods to eat more of and understand the nutrients that help us grow and stay healthy.
  • Application of new knowledge of healthy food choice and food group understanding to create a healthy meal or snack.
  • Engagement in hands-on opportunities to explore food.
  • Increased awareness of the benefits of a balanced diet.
  • Increased knowledge of Georgia’s agriculture and where food comes from.
  • Increased understanding of the importance of engaging in daily physical activity and adopting a healthy diet.
  • Prepare students for competition in project achievement

Registration is closed for the 2021-2022 4-H year.