The Issue: Health Problems Caused by Childhood Obesity
More than one third of children and adolescents in the US were overweight or obese in 2010, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although obesity can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, joint problems, and low self-esteem, a few lifestyle changes can help negate this risk. By eating nutritiously and increasing their physical activity, youths can improve their overall health.
The Campaign: Teaching Youths to Cook Nutritiously
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by The Spoon to teach local youths how to cook nutritiously and appreciate new foods. For every $205 raised, The Spoon can host one after-school cooking class for 12 participants. During each classes, held when the students are out of school, a professional teacher-and-chef team demonstrates how to make nutritious food such as pasta sauce, smoked salmon, and spring rolls, imparting techniques such as sautéing, chopping, and sanitation that students can transfer to other endeavors. Simple recipes allow the youths to repeat the preparation on their own so they can continue to eat nutritiously at home.
Cliff and Asia Lyons believe in community. Not an online community or an office community, but something that has become all too rare: a community built on shared recipes and helping one another. After achieving success as a chef and a schoolteacher for Cherry Creek School District, the two blended their passions and founded The Spoon to revive that sense of tableside camaraderie. Using cooking as their core, the organization's lessons impart important food-preparation techniques and easy recipes, but also branch out beyond the kitchen. The Lyonses stress the importance of continued education and spread their micro-community into the greater community by having their wards prepare dinners for families at the Ronald McDonald House and sort items at the local food bank.
In an interview with CBS4 Studios, the duo explained that “when kids help make it, they want to eat it.” So their classes focus on healthy eating habits and blending bright flavors with a do-it-yourself attitude. They set up a kitchen area with tools and supplies at local schools, then help kids prepare chicken and rice soup or Vietnamese spring rolls—"one of the kids’ favorites.” Students in series classes, meanwhile, take their lessons to the next level by participating in off-site field trips to restaurants.
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