Three Recommendations for Children and Adolescents to Develop Food and Cooking Competencies at School
A committee of experts formed by the Weight Coalition formulated three recommendations to create the conditions to enable Quebec schools to offer all young people the opportunity to develop their food and cooking competencies and experience the pleasure of healthy eating.
- Encourage and support food and cooking workshops in in-school childcare services, extracurricular activities, and student life;
- Encourage and support the development of food and cooking competencies in the classroom;
- Facilitate sharing of kitchen space and equipment or the procurement of food supplies for food and cooking workshops.
Food and cooking competencies constitute a key to enabling young people to make informed choices when it comes to the host of staples and processed foods available to them. Moreover, these competencies allow young people to be less dependent on fast-food restaurants and processed foods high in sugar, salt, and fat. This knowhow must therefore be integrated in the general learning of the adults of tomorrow.