CAA Head Start Health and Nutrition Program: Wellness Starts in the Kitchen

The Community Action Agency - Cincinnati | Hamilton County Head Start program was proud to host a nine-week healthy cooking series of workshops for parents and children enrolled the Head Start program. The event, titled "Eat Smart, Be Active, Learn How" kicked off on Thursday, March 17, 2019 in celebration of National Nutrition Month. 

Families were invited to participate in weekly activities that included education on how to prepare healthy meals on a budget, physical activity, ways to increase fruits, veggies, and whole grain consumption, and ways to get children involved with meal prep. 

During each session, families also prepared and ate a healthy meal together and received a take home educational enhancement item that related to that days lesson, such as, food thermometers, cutting boards, measuring cups, and a reusable water bottle. At the final session on May 2, 2019 the families that completed all the lessons received a certificate of completion.

Nikki Underwood, CAA Head Start Health and Nutrition Coordinator shares, “This was a wonderful opportunity for Head Start parents and children to work together in the kitchen. When children are included in food preparation at home they are more likely to try new foods and eat a more healthy diet overall. We had a Head Start father that participated in all the lessons and in the beginning talked about how he has always loved to cook and thought it would be a career path he would like to explore someday. He informed us that as a result of participating in this program, he has enrolled in Cincinnati State’s culinary program!”

The series of workshops was presented in participation with The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, & Environmental Sciences

Ervin Montgomery, LaToya Montgomery, and Khristian Smiley showing their Certificates of Achievement for participating in all nine sessions of the 2019 Eat Smart, Be Active, Learn How Education series at CAA Head Start - Cincinnati, Ohio