Brandi Adkins, health educator with the WVU Extension Service Family Nutrition Program, teaches a Teen Cuisine class at a high school.
Despite its name, Teen Cuisine isn’t just for middle school and high school students. The curriculum can promote health and wellness for the whole family by teaching important life skills.
The Teen Cuisine curriculum includes six lessons, each lasting about 90 minutes. Topics covered include planning a meal that incorporates each food group, following a recipe, interpreting nutrition labels to make healthy choices, using safe knife skills, minimizing foodborne illness risk from cross-contamination, understanding the food temperature danger zone, decreasing screen time, and incorporating physical activity and healthy lifestyle changes into daily routines.
What Teachers Say“This is an excellent program, especially for my at-risk students.”
“As our students go through the cafeteria line for lunch, I see them being more aware of vegetables and fruits, and willing to try something new that is healthy.”
“I understand from the students how much they look forward to this class. They have learned so much and love the different dishes that are made each week.”
By the numbers
Teen Cuisine programming reached 770 students in 2020.
More fruits and vegetables
42% of Teen Cuisine participants ate more vegetables and 50% ate more fruit after completing the class.
More physical activity
39% of students got more physical activity after completing Teen Cuisine.
Fewer sweet drinks
36% of students drank fewer sugar-sweetened beverages.