The Nutrition Center realizes the importance of children understanding the relationship between diet and health. Food Adventures is not just a nutrition education program, it is a form of preventative medicine and additional academic support. This hands-on nutrition cooking education program allows children pre-k through 12 to cultivate a healthy relationship with food by preparing meals through an interactive, fun, and peer-supportive approach. Our program teaches hands-on cooking skills, kitchen safety, how to prepare balanced meals, local food production as well as reinforcing the standard core curriculum tying in concepts from math, science, geography, language arts and cultural awareness. We want to inspire kids to be more adventurous with new tastes and new foods, and set them up with food knowledge and preparation skills for life!
We offer Food Adventures Summer Programs at various locations. Children will learn basic cooking skills and nutrition concepts while also learning about food science, math and cultural heritage from around the globe. Food Adventures will provide all of the ingredients for a memorable summer workshop that encourages children to explore seasonal eating, the magic of whole foods, making healthy, delicious desserts, menu planning and the bounty of local produce. Tuition includes lunch and a snack each day with an activity in the afternoon.
To register please contact our Food Adventures Coordinator: Liz Weibrecht at 413-429-8110 or email@example.com.
When: Monday 7/25- Friday 7/29
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Ages: 6-12 years
Cost: $250 per child
Located: St. Helenas Parish Hall, 245 New Lenox Road, Lenox MA 01240
DID YOU KNOW?
People living in Western Massachusetts, in particular Berkshire County, are far more likely to suffer significant adverse health consequences because of inadequate nutrition knowledge and unhealthy lifestyle habits. According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Body Mass Index Screening:
• 34% of children in Berkshire County are overweight and obese.
• Berkshire County is in the 90th percentile for physical inactivity, teenage pregnancies, and low birth weights and ranks 11th out of 14 counties in health factors.
• Western Massachusetts was identified as the state’s region with the highest percentage of overweight adults (61%).