Food Skills for Families is a hands-on curriculum based program that makes healthy eating, shopping and cooking easy, quick and fun. It is designed for cooking groups that serve Indigenous, Punjabi, newcomers, low-income and active senior populations. Six hands-on sessions, led by a certified Community Facilitator, cover topics such as; healthy food choices, safe food handling and storage, meal planning, healthy snacks, nutrition education and a grocery store tour. The program is free of charge and is available throughout B.C.
Spatulatta teaches children to cook with free step-by-step videos. It encourages children to take pride in their accomplishments in the kitchen and to understand the connection between farm and dinner table. It also encourages children to ask their family members and friends for recipes and to cook those dishes together.
Innocenti Report Card 7, UNICEF
This report looked at how well children and teens fare in various countries. Data was collected for 15-year-olds from 25 countries, including Canada. The report analyzes six dimensions: material well-being, health and safety, education, family and peer relationships, behaviours and risks, and sense of being loved, valued, and included in families and societies into which they were born. When looking at the best measure of family relationships, UNICEF used the marker “percentage of students whose parents eat their main meal with them around a table several times a week.”
Ellyn Satter, Registered Dietitian
Several issues of this newsletter provide guidance to families on how to have positive experiences at the dinner table. Note especially in the Family Meals and Snacks section of the Index of Topics the following: