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Cooking Matters for Kids

Obesity rates are alarmingly high; many populations continue to see a great rise in obesity across all the United States. Overall childhood obesity rates have more than tripled. Among 6- to 11-year-old kids, the rate more than doubled, from 5% to 13.9%. Among teens ages 12 to 19, the rate quadrupled. These numbers are alarming to say the least.

Shaping Dover, a program of the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health in partnership with the NJ SNAP-Ed program decided to take action by collaborating in a healthy cooking educational class. The focus of this course is to teach kids how to improve their eating habits through an eight day course called Cooking Matters for Kids, where kids are the chefs.

Each class provides hands-on instructions that will help children and teenagers develop a love for cooking and the skills to make healthy food choices wherever they go. At the end of each class they participate in games and activities related to healthy eating in order to enforce what they have learned that day.

The Children are fascinated about their acquired nutritional knowledge while they enjoy the interaction with their peers. Everyone comes to the class eager to learn, ready to cook and to taste different types of food choices. Parents have stated that they are pleased with the change of attitude they see in their children at dinner time.

Shaping Dover is a program supported by funding from Atlantic Health System as part of the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network.

About the Grantee

Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey

Shaping Dover, a program of the Partnership for Maternal & Child Health of Northern NJ, is a community health initiative to improve the health of the people of Dover, New Jersey, by developing plans that focus on increasing physical activity and promoting healthy food choices. Our goal is to add healthy foods to the menus of restaurants and to encourage physical activities.