Celebrate Food Day on October 24th

Posted 10/17/2013 | By HealthCorps

Food Day is a nationwide celebration with a yearlong effort aimed at inspiring individuals to move toward healthy, affordable, sustainable food.  October 24th has been designated as a “Let’s Get Cooking with Kids” themed day, with a special focus on activities aimed at teaching kids to cook.

Of course, this effort competes with the resources that junk food manufacturers have, which in most cases discourages healthy cooking-from-basics in favor of prepared, highly processed foods.  All the more reason why Food Day is crucial – and this Food Day’s aim is to arm kids with a dozen or so basic recipes, that not only taste yummy, but offer a dose of health too!

Check out the Food Day national map to learn about events in your neighborhood.  All over America activities will launch, to help kids learn about fruits and vegetables, about food preparation and in particular, kids will get a chance to have hands on cooking lessons, learning to follow a recipe, chop vegetables, and prepare healthy salads and soups.   In some cases this will be the first time a child sees a cutting board, a vegetable peeler, a garlic press or a mixing bowl and beater.

This one day can launch a lifelong curiosity and interest in cooking and eating healthy foods.  It can create a generation in touch with real food that is healthy, tasty and unprocessed.

HealthCorps has its own Teen Battle Chef program that helps teens learn about real food, recipes and kitchen skills.  Lessons culminate in a cook off between two teams who use original recipes that they create, with chefs judging the final dishes.   Our partner, Family Cook Productions, is teaming up with Jamie Oliver’s Food Foundation to support Food Day by offering recipes, a step-by-step guide, and the chance to win a copy of Get Your Family Eating Right! by Lynn Fredericks. If you decide to host a cooking class, register online and you will automatically be entered to win.

If you are really inspired, check out ways to get “Let’s Get Cooking with Kids” into your school curriculum.

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