Kohl’s Cares and CHI Saint Alexius are teaching kids and parents how to eat right. With a growing obesity rate in the U.S. and North Dakota, it’s important to start young. In this classroom children and parents are learning easy and healthy alternatives for snacks and meals. Former Executive Chef Jaime Teigen says incorporating fresh options makes a big difference.
Jaime Teigan; former executive chef: “Definitely just fruits. Having an orange or an apple mid morning or even in the afternoon to help their metabolism stay consistent throughout the day.”
Obesity rates raised in North Dakota from 12% in 1990 to 27% in 2005.
Mason and Connor participated in the class and said why it’s important to eat healthy.
Mason: “So you’ll live longer.”
Connor: “And you can have a better memory.”
While the kids were busy in the kitchen, moms and dads took the grocery store to learn how to look for red flags on food labels.
Robert and Sheryl Reeves said the eye-opening day has them reconsidering what’s kept in their cupboards.
Robert Reeves; Lincoln Resident: “Go see what kind of horrible choices I’m making and I really do make horrible choices.”
Sheryl Reeves; Lincoln Resident: “Look a little more closer at labels, the sodium, the sugar in items.”
Robert Reeves: “We’re going to have to go grocery shopping, like throw everything out.”
Chef Teigen says just a quick crash course can make all the difference.
Jaime Teigen: “And just giving them facts of what bad snacks can be and what good snacks can be. So today we got to cook quesadilla and smoothies and they’re really simple so the kids had fun.”
The children learned how to properly slice and dice their own fruits and vegetables while the parents learned how to grocery shop with a plan and a budget.