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Cooking Healthy Together

Digital flyer for Cooking Healthy Together Spring 2021

Cooking Healthy Together is a 6-week program that runs three times a year, during the Fall, Winter, and Spring. Now digital due to COVID-19, participants join together each week over Zoom to learn a new recipe and join an educational lesson related to food. Formerly a program intended for caregivers of toddlers ages 0-6 years old, Cooking Healthy Together has now transitioned into broader program covering a variety of food topics. 


Educational Content 

A variety of topics are discussed during the presentations each week. Food is explored on a holistic level, past subjects include nutrition, food science (processing and packaging), baking, food presentation, cooking skills, food literacy, food advertising, toddler nutrition, social attributes of food, cultural significanies of food, gardening, environmental impacts of food, agriculture, and ethicacy of foods. Topics are chosen by the facilitator and participant interest. 


Presentation slides discussing matters of (clockwise from top left) food knowledge for children, youths skipping breakfast, comparison between frozen, canned, and fresh foods, and explaining what defines a vegetable.



Recipes shared with the group are chosen based on participant interest, and prioritizes meals that are accessible to reproduce, verastile, and from a variety of cultural backgrounds. 

Left to right: canned tuna "poke bowls", beet-chocolate brownies, and jollof rice



In addition to the classes, we encourage all participants to recreate their versions of the recipes at home. Here are some pictures sent in following Cooking Healthy Together sessions. 

Left to right: rainbow chicken skewers by R, quinoa-chicken meat loaf by S, and lemon zucchini dessert loaf by M


Community voices

"My experience in both Silver Spring Park Reading Circle and Beyond Academics has taught me that to create social change and empower these children I need to be more proactive in the solution"
Lamyaa Hassan, Dorset Park, July 2015

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