Cooking Classes Combat Childhood Obesity

Cooking classes may be a significant ingredient in the recipe for childhood obesity reduction in America, according to new research in The Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

The recent study involved interviewing 178 fourth-graders and their teachers, before and after their participation in an experimental food education program. Student took part in either a cooking plus tasting class or tasting-only class.

Children who took the tasting plus cooking class showed the most positive results, and didn’t consider any cooking-related activity at home a chore. Students from the cooking classes also felt it allowed them to improve their social skills, Health Day reports.

Leslie Cunningham-Sabo, assistant professor at Colorado State University, where  the study was led, said the results are “essential in justifying nutrition education’s continued place in the school curriculum,” according to the study’s press release.

Cunningham continued to note that nutrition education programs are highlighted as “a practical mechanism to promote health, social and educational skills to better prepare students for adulthood."

Childhood obesity throughout America has tripled in the last 30 years, according to figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
See the full report on the study in the November-December issue of The Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

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