Title The Little Chef Cooking School
AAP Grant ID 1867
Project Year 2011
City & State Los Angeles, CA
Program Name CATCH Resident
Topic Nutrition
Program Description
Over 50 percent of Latino children of parents who do not speak English suffer from childhood obesity or are overweight by age 8. Researchers believe this is likely due to the broad range of American foods with little to no nutritional value. The Little Chef Cooking School" aims to counter the epidemic of obesity and poor nutrition by teaching local low-income Hispanic parents and their 5- to 10-year-old children how to create super-simple, super-healthy, affordable recipes. Using a food stamp budget, WIC ingredients, and the healthiest, freshest ingredients available, participants will have fun as a family making delicious healthy foods they can easily re-create at home. Each cooking lesson shares a basic parenting teaching point to optimize school-aged children's nutrition. The program is delivered on 3 occasions as 4 1-1/2 5-hour lessons over a 2-week period in Spanish to the community members of the Mar Vista Family Center in Culver City, CA. This Family Center serves low-income families living nearby the center. All of the community's children can receive health care and ongoing nutritional information and assessment at the nearby community clinic of which the Resident applicants have their continuity clinic. Reference: Van Hook, Jennifer et al. (2009) Migration Information Source, Migration Policy Inst."
1. Design an effective program based on a thorough needs assessment and community participation 2. Empower parents and their children to create healthy meals on a strict budget and with limited time. 3. Teach parents effective tools to optimize children's nutrition while making cooking fun for elementary-school kids.
AAP District District IX
Institutional Name Mar Vista Family Center, 5075 S Slauson Ave, Culver City, CA 90230-5663
Contact 1 Natalie Muth
Contact 2 Mary Saphyakajon
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