Healthcorps Poll Shows a Majority of Teens Say They Are Responsible for Family Meals

Posted 03/25/2016 | By HealthCorps


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NEW YORK, NEW YORK (March 22, 2016)

As many families across the nation sit down this weekend to celebrate Easter with a delicious dinner, lunch or brunch, HealthCorps, a national not for profit working in high need high schools, finds that a majority of teens either cook daily meals for themselves “all of the time” or “sometimes.” Additionally, a majority of teens say they are responsible for meals for their families eat “all of the time” or “sometimes.”


The poll of students in high need high schools was conducted as part of HealthCorps’ ongoing assessment of teens and their attitudes and habits towards health and wellness.


“The poll shows us that teens are often responsible for making nutrition decisions not just for themselves, but for their families,” said Karen Buonocore, the organization’s Vice President of Programs. “It reinforces HealthCorps’ commitment to nutritional education for all of our students. The lessons teens learn through our nutrition programs, which include cooking, are often replicated at home. We knew this anecdotally, but now our in school polling reinforces that belief.”


HealthCorps places recent college graduates, or “coordinators” in high need high schools across the country. Coordinators teach a minimum of 10 classes a week in the area of physical education, nutrition education and mental resiliency. Students in HealthCorps schools are offered a variety of afterschool and community based programs – which include healthy cooking.


In March, 573 high school students responded to the question “Do you cook dinner for yourself?” 55% answered yes, some of the time; 20% responded yes, all of the time and 25% responded, no, not at all. When asked “Do you cook for your family?” 550 students responded – 19% said yes, all the time; 45% said yes, some of the time and 36% said no, not at all.


Since its inception a decade ago, HealthCorps has reached 1,421,697 teens.   HealthCorps polls its current students on a weekly basis. If you would like to receive results from our polls, please contact Jason.feinberg@healthcorps.org


A ChangeHub for Teens:

HealthCorps is a national non-profit organization that gives teens tools to improve physical and mental health so they can learn to live more productive and happier lives. HealthCorps students exercise more, eat better and practice positive thought.


Our curriculum represents lessons from over a decade of work and research in many of America’s most challenging high schools. We offer two programs: Living Labs, where a HealthCorps Coordinator is placed inside a high need high school to teach wellness related classes; HealthCorps University, where we offer a one to two day professional development training in the HealthCorps curriculum for educators and key organizational personnel. HCUs allow schools and other community organizations, to leverage the lessons learned from our Living Labs.


The program currently impacts one million students across 19 states.




About Healthcorps

HealthCorps is a national non-profit organization that gives teens tools to improve physical and
mental health so they can learn to live more productive and happier lives. HealthCorps students exercise more, eat better and practice positive thought. The program will impact almost 1 million students across 19 states in 2016.  The HealthCorps curriculum has been refined and developed in its in-school Living Labs program since 2003, where a full-time Coordinator is placed inside a high-need high school to mentor hundreds of students, teach health related workshops, and promote a variety of during and after school activities. Coordinators are recent college graduates who go on to careers in medicine, public health policy or wellness practices.  HealthCorps University is an intense professional development program that certifies participants to bring HealthCorps’ innovative health and wellness curriculum to their organization whether it’s a school system, community organization or corporation.In 2015, HealthCorps teamed with CK-12 to distribute free, interactive and customizable versions of the HealthCorps curriculum for educators and students to use.   For more information please visit Healthcorps.org



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