Objective: The current study describes a feasibility study of an experiential cooking program for alternative education students. The aims were to identify potential areas for measuring impact (beyond nutrition) and to identify issues threatening the feasibility and evaluation of the program.
Materials and methods: Weekly cooking sessions were conducted in one alternative education center over a school term. Data were collected through weekly observations, a youth focus group, and staff interview.
Results: Observational data confirmed high levels of participation by students, willingness to try new foods, and enjoyment of foods prepared. Comments from the teacher and students emphasized the wider impact of the cooking sessions on positive youth development and cultural engagement, including opportunities for socio-emotional learning, team work, socializing with peers, and cultural blessings of food.
Conclusion: Future studies should consider measures of positive youth development along with cooking skills and eating behaviors as potential outcomes.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health|
|Early online date||2 Dec 2014|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Nov 2015|