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Cooking in College

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How a few cooking lessons can make adulting easier

The independence of college life comes with responsibility and life lessons that prepare students for the real world.  It’s also a time when students either sink or swim when it comes to healthy food choicesOne study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, investigated custom cooking classes for college students and whether they could improve the health value of what they ate.  

Thirty-eight students at South Dakota State University participated in the series of cooking classes that had a special focus on beginner cooks, no frills pantry staples and simple cooking equipment.  After three sessions, pre and post tests found that participants felt they had more nutrition knowledge, kitchen confidence and ability to put together a complete meal with basic ingredients!  Over 80% of participants believed that they were even eating healthier because of the classes. 

During a time when students are challenged with first time “adulting”, instilling confidence in kitchen skills can help them feel good about their daily routine and open up healthier options outside of campus dining and fast food. 

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Published August 2020

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