On the evening of April 30, there may have been too many cooks is the kitchen. NAIT’s kitchen, that is. The cooks were nearly 65 children and youth from BGCBigs clubs who were participating in the 9th annual Kids in the Kitchen initiative, an event hosted by the Junior League of Edmonton that uses hand-on education to empower the children in our community to adopt healthy eating habits.

IMG_0178According to Amanda Mouait, organizer of the event, it’s important for kids to learn about the importance of healthy decisions at a young age, especially to address the urgent issue of childhood obesity.

Split into large groups, the kids were engaged in three different activities throughout the evening. The first station was Healthy Jeopardy, a fun and interactive spin on a nutrition session with a registered dietitian. The second station focused on physical activity led by a personal trainer. The kids ran laps, learned how to do burpees, and practiced their wall-sits. The third and most exciting station was the actual cooking in NAIT’ss culinary school kitchen. There, the kids learned how to prepare trail mix, prepared hummus from scratch, and created a smoothie. And of course, they got to taste all of their creations!  IMG_3101

“We want the kids to understand the importance of eating and cooking with a focus on nutrition,” said Chef Josh Gord from NAIT.

At the end of the night, each kid left with a chef’s hat and apron, one or two delicious snacks, and a stronger understanding of what it means to eat well and be healthy.

This is just one example of how BGCBigs works with other organizations to provide programs that increase our young people’s capacity to make healthy choices. And this time we couldn’t have done it without the Junior League of Edmonton. On behalf of our kids and families, thank you!

Click here to view the photo album or here to watch the Breakfast Television interview with some kids and a chef!

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