The Next Top Chef: University of Illinois Teaches Teens Cooking Skills

In *All, Nutrition & Health by Ag is America

Many young students have a genuine love for cooking but access to healthy foods can create a bigger challenge for youth in food-desert communities, where fresh produce may not be available.

University of Illinois Cooperative Extension 4-H program is partnering with local teens to educate youths from high need areas about healthy eating, while also providing valuable leadership opportunities. The teenagers received a 12-hour training in nutrition and planned lessons to help them learn basic nutrition guidelines, along with food safety skills.

 The teens take on leadership roles by running the cooking camps themselves – read more about the program here.

 

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