Gilbert Elementary students learn about nutrition

Gilbert Elementary students learn about nutrition
Posted on 02/15/2019

Gilbert Elementary recently launched the Culinary Health Education for Families (CHEF) program for all students and parents.

The program, sponsored by the Goldsbury Foundation and The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, is teaching students the basics of nutrition and that healthy food is not only tasty but also easy and fun to make.

The students have participated in fun food demonstrations and learned how to make tasty tostadas, confetti corn and salads. Most recently, they learned how to prepare a delicious ranch dip with carrots.

“The kids are enjoying the program,” Gilbert Elementary Coach James Martinez said. “They haven’t really tried these types of foods before, so this is all new to them.”

Coach Martinez hopes the students take these recipes home and encourage their parents to cook more meals at home.

“We are teaching them about colorful fruits and vegetables, and we are giving them the ingredients to take home so they can teach their parents too,” Martinez added. “Hopefully, they can teach their parents about nutrition too and get them to spend more time at home cooking and less time eating out at restaurants.”

During each cooking class, the students also have the opportunity to ask questions and learn interesting facts about nutrition.

“It is a great experience for all of us, and we hope to keep it going next year,” Martinez concluded.

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