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Families cooking vegetables together

Are you a nutrition educator or community organization who is looking for a program to encourage parents and youth to eat vegetables? If so, than the Families Cooking Vegetables Together is for you!

Families Cooking Vegetables Together is a hands-on cooking and nutrition program for parents and their children between the ages of 9 and 12 years old.

By participating in this program, parents and children will work together to:

When taught in its entirety, the program is comprised of six 2-hour classes.

Teach this program

The Families Cooking Vegetables Together program is designed to be led by a team of volunteers — including chefs, nutritionists, and other community members. They should be trained to help parents and children make smart vegetable choices about their eating, cooking, and vegetable shopping habits.

The following comprehensive resources will equip you to teach this program.

More about this program

This program was adapted from Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters for Families. Here is a brief summary of the adaptations that were made.

For more information on this program, contact Marla Reicks (; 612-624-4735).

This project was supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Grant no. 2012-68001-19631 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Program Name: Childhood Obesity Prevention: Integrated Research, Education, and Extension to Prevent Childhood Obesity. Program Code: A2101.

Related resources

Cooking is a SNAP — Find out about the culinary nutrition education course where participants practice food preparation skills to make cooking and eating at home easier and more rewarding.

Simply Good Eating for English Language Learners — Free downloadable curriculum for nutrition educators to teach basic nutrition to those who are learning the English language or have low literacy.

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