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Friday, September 16, 2016

Kids Learning to Cook Makes for Healthy Lives Ahead

During September Kidliga has been partnering with Function Junction to offer some really fun Kid Chefs Cooking Classes. We wanted to do this for a number of reasons. First and foremost we saw an opportunity to provide kids with a hands on experience to cook healthy and kid-friendly recipes. There are currently so few classes available specifically tailored to kids that focus on healthy options.

In offering the classes we also wanted to highlight the importance of children eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle during September, as it is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Statistics show 1 in 3 kids in the US are growing up overweight or obese. The American Heart Association recently published a study that shows 90% of all children in the United States have a poor diet which is contributing to the growth of obesity, heart disease and diabetes in our young.

Getting kids to cook is the best possible way to combat poor diets, obesity and other diseases. The best part about it is its fun, it allows kids to have more control over their own health and it adds to their life skills.

There are many recent articles that have highlighted the benefits of children learning how to cook. These include the practical application of math and chemistry as they measure and mix and following instructions for a recipe from the beginning to the end. It is a terrific way to learn to try new things and to feel empowered because children can own the recipes they learn and share them with others. It makes for great family time spent in the kitchen cooperatively. Instead of everyone sitting in front of the TV focused on a show, it is time where conversation can occur and not just about preparing a meal. Having children help cook in the kitchen sets family priorities of eating healthy, home prepared meals and sharing the responsibility of meal preparation.

There is tremendous benefit in choosing healthy recipes and talking about what makes them healthy from the fresh ingredients to the nutrients they offer to the calories of a given recipe. Cooking with kids can be a great place to talk about why healthy eating is important and what the difference is between healthy foods and not so healthy ones.

Sometimes it is hard to get started or you need ideas for how to help your kids in the kitchen. It might just be you need fresh ideas for some kid-friendly recipes. That is why Kidliga and Function Junction are offering these fun Kid Chefs Classes throughout the month of September and into early October. The recipes and curriculum were developed by Kidliga as part of an overall commitment to help children learn about healthy eating and what a balanced meal is. The prepared meal can be served on the Kidliga children’s line dishware that has been specifically designed to have kids learn about just right portions on right-sized dishes and to show what a balanced meal looks like. Then when the meal is done and children are ready for their bedtime story, Sammie and Sax in the Land of Quinoa: The Search for a Balanced Meal can be read together. There is no better way to learn than through hands on experiences and entertaining books that have life lessons to share.

For more information about the Kid Chefs classes CLICK here.
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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. To foster awareness and help make a difference, Livliga, a healthy lifestyle company, will be donating 10% of all its Kidliga sales during the month to the Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition, a nonprofit dedicated to research and programs to help kids live healthier lives. In addition, all orders of Kidliga will receive a FREE Sammie and Sax ebooklet! For fun and healthy cooking classes for kids in Kansas City, MO check out the Kid Chefs Cooking Classes at Function Junction. Help us Help Kids Be Healthy and Join the Fun!

Let Us All Live Vibrant At All Ages!