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Cook it Up! A Community-based Cooking Program for At-risk Youth, Overview of a Food Literacy Intervention

2011

Cook it Up! A Community-based Cooking Program for At-risk Youth, Overview of a Food Literacy Intervention

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In Canada, there are limited occasions for youth, and especially at-risk youth, to participate in cooking programs. The paucity of these programs creates an opportunity for youth-focused cooking programs to be developed, implemented, and evaluated with the goal of providing invaluable life skills and food literacy to this potentially vulnerable group. Thus, an 18-month community-based cooking program for at-risk youth was planned and implemented to improve the development and progression of cooking skills and food literacy. This paper provides an overview of the rationale for and implementation of a cooking skills intervention for at-risk youth. The Cook It Up! program can provide an effective template for other agencies and researchers to utilize for enhancing existing programs or to create new applied cooking programs for relevant vulnerable populations.

Thomas, H., & Irwin, J. (2011). Cook It Up! A community-based cooking program for at-risk youth: Overview of a food literacy intervention. BMC Research Notes, 495.

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