Mountain statesman | Teen Kitchen Simmering Something Good In The Kitchen
TAYLOR COUNTY — For teens to become more independent, while learning how to prepare healthy meals that can propel them into healthy living and well-being, the University of West Virginia (WVU) outreach office suggests cooking lessons for teenagers.
Despite its name, Teen Cuisine isn’t just for middle school and high school students. The program can promote the health and well-being of the whole family by teaching important life skills, according to Jeanette Coole, nutrition instructor.
During the course, participants will learn the basics of cooking, such as following a recipe, measuring ingredients, safe food handling techniques and the proper use of knives.
In addition, Coole will focus on teaching students how they can make healthy food decisions and how to get up and move around, along with other family members.
According to the WVU extension, the Teen Cuisine program includes six lessons, each lasting approximately 90 minutes.
During these free classes, participants will prepare tasty treats, while learning the importance of planning a well-balanced meal that incorporates each food group to help provide the best nutrition possible, as well as interpreting nutrition labels. to make healthy choices.
Once students understand which foods make the best meals, they will need to learn how to prepare them correctly, learning skills that will help keep everyone a little bit safer at the table.
Therefore, the course will also address reducing the risk of foodborne illness resulting from cross contamination and understanding the food temperature danger zone.
Since Teen Cuisine also focuses on a person’s overall health and well-being, topics such as reducing screen time and incorporating physical activity and lifestyle changes healthy in daily routines will also be explored.
The class is offered virtually through six online courses. At the end of Teen Cuisine, participants will receive a graduation certificate, along with WVU brand cookware and a cookbook to get them ready to go to the kitchen and whip up a masterpiece.
Teen Cuisine is funded by the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and Supplementary Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP).
For more information or to register for the course, please contact Coole at 304-518-9814.