Take it Home!
At West Mecklenburg HS HealthCorps Coordinator, Maggie Baker’s Cooking Club gives practical and delicious lessons in health each week. Ms. Baker’s students learn portion control, healthy alternatives to unhealthy foods all while having fun in the kitchen. One student, Ashliyah Allen, talks about how cooking has changed her perspective on healthy foods and inspired her to take those lessons to her family, “I’ve learned that even if you go by the exact recipe, sometimes you have to adjust the amount for each ingredient based on personal preference of taste and flavor. I had to do this when I made my own homemade salsa for my mom.”
Ms. Sharon Sease, Occupational Education teacher co-supervises the students with Ms. Baker, “Ashliyah and several other students have been telling me how they’ve gone home and made their own homemade pizzas with their parents. I’m so proud of them!” Part of the reason HealthCorps works in high schools is just that – teens take the message home. Changing high schoolers’ eating habits changes their families’. Time and again, the stud
Prepping for the holidays was another way the club encouraged healthy family habits. “Cooking club has helped me learn how to cook and eat healthier in so many ways,” said Asliyah, “My favorite recipe so far was the Gluten-Free Apple Crisp. I’m going to make that for my family’s Thanksgiving dinner!”