Colonial Park Healthy Kids' Cookbook (2005-2006)
Trainee: Laura Hufford (Pediatric Resident)
CHPT Site: Tahoe/Colonial Collaborative
Synopsis: After meeting the children at the Colonial Park Mentoring Program during her first year of Residency, Dr. Laura Hufford knew she wanted to work with them. Laura contacted Shirley Johnson, the volunteer program coordinator (since its inception more than 25 years ago). Laura and Ms. Johnson discussed possible ways to target the children's healthy eating habits and decided that, for these children, many of whom prepare most of their own meals, a cookbook made FOR them and BY them would be the best way to go!
Laura met with some of the children from the program to discuss their favorite foods. Items like pizza, hamburgers, tacos and milkshakes were all listed, as Laura had anticipated, so she challenged the children to think of ways to make those meals but with healthier foods. At first the children were skeptical - until Laura came to the next session with some delicious cookies made from all natural, nutritious ingredients! From that point on, the children were sold and they continued together to develop the Colonial Park Healthy Kids' Cookbook.
As part of the project, the children chose their favorite foods and researched healthy ways to make them. Once the children developed their recipies (with help from Laura and other community volunteers), they tried them out at a community "Cookbook Release" party, where stations for a handfull of the recipies were set up and attendees got to try making each one. The children also worked with Laura on creating and producing the book, by contributing colorful illustrations. The books were then sold locally to help raise funds for the Mentoring Program.
Keywords: nutrition education, behavior change, cookbook