Picky Eaters? Kids Cooking in the Kitchen are the Answer

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Captain Cooks Culinary Academy for Kids partners with GOT MILK? to get picky eaters into the kitchen and learning to cook healthy meals.

The evidence is everywhere. Expanding waistlines are not just a part of growing old anymore as more and more kids join the ranks of the obese. As culinary director at Captain Cooks, Karen Whitehead knew the answer to the problem. "Getting kids in the kitchen is the key to turning these picky eaters around as they learn about healthy eating, hands on. We educate every kid that walks through the door of our classroom and through our blog at http://www.captaincooksblog.com ."

The GOT MILK? program takes everyday menu items and transforms them into tasty healthier versions incorporating milk, fruits and vegetables.

The lack of calcium in kid's diets is of major concern as it is the key to healthy bones and teeth. Pediatricians are even seeing a rise in the cases of rickets, a disease traditionally associated with the Industrial Revolution and almost eliminated in the 1950's when the government began adding vitamin D to milk.

As these kids grow into adulthood the problem of osteoporosis and other bone diseases will begin to emerge. Dr Duane Alexander of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has called osteoporosis "a pediatric disease with geriatric consequences".

"I believe that we are making a difference," said Debbie Kirchner head instructor at Captain Cooks. "We have kids who have never been in the kitchen before and never tried a green pepper or an avocado. They come back next week raving about cooking the meal they learned in class for their parents."

With obesity rates having tripled in the last 20 years and the dramatic rise in cases of juvenile diabetes, high blood pressure, allergies and some cancers it appears we need a new approach to the problems associated with poor nutrition. Getting kids into the kitchen is a good way to invest in their future health.

To learn more about us please visit http://www.captaincooksblog.com or call Karen Whitehead directly at (760) 431 2278.

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