Teach your kids to cook and have fun in the kitchen!
If you want your
children to grow up to be healthy adults and develop an appreciation
for a healthy food, start your cooking lessons early. The sooner your
kids start to learn, the easier things tend to go. Children can
be involved in cooking as soon as they can follow directions.
It is easy to involve children into
your dinner preparation if you start making small and easy changes in your cooking
routine. First, teach your children kitchen safety basics, than try some of our kid-friendly recipes.
Most children think cooking is fun, and with a little cooking
instruction from Cooking with Kids guide, and recipes provided,
your kids will learn to cook delicious and much healthier food. Keep in
mind, that for your kids, your family is the center for learning eating
habits. So start teaching your kids that preparing food is fun and food is supposed to be
healthful and made at home.
(Excerpts and recipes used with permission from the book "Cooking with Kids" by Maya Gavric)
We never thought that type 2 diabetes would occur in 10 or 12 year
olds; but now it's not uncommon to see that. These are serious
consequences. And the tendency to dismiss this or to, perhaps, even see
it in some cultures as a norm, is getting in the way of recognizing this
as a real public health emergency.
This is a tragedy. After all of these years of building up our health
care in order that people are saved from premature disability and
death, we could lose these gains. It could hardly be more serious, when
you think about it in those terms. Do you want your children and your
grandchildren to inherit a society where their hopes for a long and
healthy life are not even as good as yours were?
(Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH))"