Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

  • What is Cooking for Life

    Providing hands-on nutrition and cooking education for low-income bay area families.

    Cooking for life is a free six week series that combines nutrition education with hands-on cooking experience. Cooking for Life consists of three programs: low-income parents, at risk youth, and at risk teens transitioning into independent living.

    Cooking for Life is designed to improve food sensabilities for children living in families with limited budgets. Participants are provided with skills necessary to make nutritious food choices through hands-on preparation of healthy meals. At the end of selected classes, participants take home a bag of groceries so they can practice their new skills at home for their families.

    Cooking for Life graduates are: consuming more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and calcium-containing foods; preparing more meals from scratch; and learning how best to budget food dollars and plan healthier meals.

    Once contacted, Youth Cooking School will meet with you to provide an overview of the program, outline the steps needed to offer a successful series, and provide resources to help you get started.

  • Cooking for Life-Youth

    Cooking for Life: Youth will be provided with the nutrition and cooking skills necessary to prepare healthy, affordable meals and snacks. By providing interactive and experiential learning, and incorporating many aspects of food choice and preparation, Cooking for Life: Youth engages participants in trying new foods and in the act of improving behaviors and attaining nutritional knowledge.

    Target Audience

    Participants are at-risk youth in grades 5-8. The program is offered with organizations that work with the target population, such as after-school programs, teen centers, and local youth groups.

    Class Sessions

    Cooking for Life: Youth classes meet once a week for six weeks. During each two hour session, participants work with a nutrition educator and a local chef through hands-on activities to acquire the knowledge, skills, and changes in behavior necessary to achieve adequate diets on limited budgets. Youth curriculum was developed by a certified dietician and is based on the Social Cognitive Theory of Behavior Change, which states that new behaviors are learned through a combination of our environment, thoughts, and behaviors. The curriculum implements a variety of constructs from this theory such as record keeping, reinforcements, and observational learning.

    Topics covered in the curriculum include:

    » The Food Guide Pyramid
    » Fats in the Diet
    » Fruits and Vegetables
    » Food Safety
    » Sugars
    » Calcium
    » Body Image

  • Cooking for Life-Young Adults

    Cooking for LIfe: Young Adult was designed to provide at-risk teens that are transitioning into independent living with the skills needed to prepare healthy, nutritious meals on their own. As many low-income teens become self-sufficient, they need to acquire the skills that will ensure they are eating well within limited budgets. The program uses innovative strategies and a theory based curriculum to provide life-skills training to Bay Area/Hayward teens.

    Target Audience

    Participants are at-risk teens and young adults ages 15-22. The program is offered with organizations that work with the target population, such as alternative education programs, teen centers, and G.E.D. programs.

    Class Sessions

    Cooking for Life: Young Adult classes meet once a week for six weeks. During each session, participants work with a nutrition educator and a local chef through hands-on activities to acquire the knowledge, skills, and changes in behavior necessary to achieve adequate diets on limited budgets. Young Adult curriculum was developed by certified dietitians and is based on the Social Cognitive Theory of Behavior Change, which states that new behaviors are learned through a combination of our environment and our behaviors. The curriculum implements a variety of constructs from this theory such as record keeping, reinforcements, and observational learning.

    Topics covered in the curriculum include:

    » The Food Guide Pyramid
    » Fats in the Diet
    » Fruits and Vegetables
    » Food Safety
    » Meal Planning
    » Grocery Shopping
    » Body Image

  • Cooking for Life-Adults

    The goal of Cooking for Life: Adult is to empower limited-resource parents to prepare healthy, affordable meals for their families by increasing their nutrition, budgeting, shopping, and cooking skills. With increased skills in low-cost meal preparation, family food dollars can be stretched further, decreasing the risk of hunger for children and other family members.

    Target Audience

    Participants are low-income parents of young children and expecting mothers. The program is offered through organizations that work with the target population, such as local family centers; Head Start; the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); and Community Action Agencies.

    Class Sessions

    Cooking for Life classes meet once a week for six weeks. During each 2 1/2 hour session, participants work with a nutrition educator and a local chef through hands-on activities to acquire the knowledge, skills, and changes in behavior necessary to achieve adequate diets on limited budgets. The curriculum will be developed by certified dietitians and will be updated regularly based on feedback from participants and educators.

    Topics covered in the curriculum include:

    » The Food Guide Pyramid
    » Fats in the Diet
    » Fruits and Vegetables
    » Food Safety
    » Meal Planning
    » Grocery Shopping
    » Child Feeding Issues