Ocoee Middle School students learn cooking skills during 4-H activity

Posted 4/3/18

Ocoee Middle School students learn cooking skills during 4-H activity   The UT/TSU 4-H Extension staff in Bradley County is tasked with teaching life skills to youth, ages 9-19.  These skills are thought of as those that each person needs to navigate life.  Some of those skills are record-keeping, nutrition and health, money management, responsibility, citizenship, leadership, sewing, and even cooking.   This year, seventh-grade youth at Ocoee Middle School have been learning about nutrition, health, and fitness through the “Cooking Matters” grant program sponsored by the Walmart Foundation.  The Walmart Healthy Habits grant was funded in 15 counties in Tennessee with a focus on teaching healthier lifestyles to youth.   Nearly 400 youth in Bradley County have learned lessons in proper knife skills, fats and sugars, My Plate, making healthier choices, and how to properly prepare foods.  The youth participated in 10 hours of lessons during this school year and, then during the last week of March, participated in a culminating event where they prepared and cooked.   To match the curriculum of the Social Studies classes, Lynne Middleton, Extension agent; Stephanie Holden, program assistant; and Kathy Hayes, Tennessee Nutrition and Consumer Education Program program assistant, worked to align the foods prepared in different areas of the world that the seventh-graders study.  Items prepared were from the Mediterranean, America, and Mexico.  The Mediterranean dish was a veggie wrap with radishes, avocado, Greek yogurt, greens, and cilantro.  The American dish was an apple walnut salad and the Mexican dish was chips and salsa made from scratch.      Following the cooking portion of the program, youth completed surveys on their experience.  Many youth related that they had learned something through the hands-on program. One student said, “I had never seen or tried an avocado before.  I liked it.”  Another  participant said they realized they "had been using a knife wrong all of my life.  I learned how to properly hold it and cut something, without cutting myself.”   The UT/TSU Extension – Bradley staff Kathy Hayes, Stephanie Holden, Lynne Middleton, and Justin Thomas (Family and Consumer Sciences Agent) partnered with other agencies, such as Amy Davenport of the Bradley County Health Department, Tamara Yelton from On Point, and Meagen Brown with UT Extension in Meigs County.   For more information about the Bradley County 4-H Program, please contact Lynne Middleton at 423-728-7001 or LMiddle2@utk.edu.  

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The UT/TSU 4-H Extension staff in Bradley County is tasked with teaching life skills to youth, ages 9-19.  These skills are thought of as those that each person needs to navigate life.  Some of those skills are record-keeping, nutrition and health, money management, responsibility, citizenship, leadership, sewing, and even cooking.
 
This year, seventh-grade youth at Ocoee Middle School have been learning about nutrition, health, and fitness through the “Cooking Matters” grant program sponsored by the Walmart Foundation.  The Walmart Healthy Habits grant was funded in 15 counties in Tennessee with a focus on teaching healthier lifestyles to youth.
 
Nearly 400 youth in Bradley County have learned lessons in proper knife skills, fats and sugars, My Plate, making healthier choices, and how to properly prepare foods.  The youth participated in 10 hours of lessons during this school year and, then during the last week of March, participated in a culminating event where they prepared and cooked.
 
To match the curriculum of the Social Studies classes, Lynne Middleton, Extension agent; Stephanie Holden, program assistant; and Kathy Hayes, Tennessee Nutrition and Consumer Education Program program assistant, worked to align the foods prepared in different areas of the world that the seventh-graders study.  Items prepared were from the Mediterranean, America, and Mexico.  The Mediterranean dish was a veggie wrap with radishes, avocado, Greek yogurt, greens, and cilantro.  The American dish was an apple walnut salad and the Mexican dish was chips and salsa made from scratch.   
 
Following the cooking portion of the program, youth completed surveys on their experience.  Many youth related that they had learned something through the hands-on program. 

One student said, “I had never seen or tried an avocado before.  I liked it.”  Another  participant said they realized they "had been using a knife wrong all of my life.  I learned how to properly hold it and cut something, without cutting myself.”
 
The UT/TSU Extension – Bradley staff Kathy Hayes, Stephanie Holden, Lynne Middleton, and Justin Thomas (Family and Consumer Sciences Agent) partnered with other agencies, such as Amy Davenport of the Bradley County Health Department, Tamara Yelton from On Point, and Meagen Brown with UT Extension in Meigs County.
 
For more information about the Bradley County 4-H Program, please contact Lynne Middleton at 423-728-7001 or LMiddle2@utk.edu.
 




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