Your upbringing is the basis of your personality for the rest of your life. It therefore follows that targeting behavioural change efforts at children is one of the fastest and most effective ways to build habits that literally last for generations.
There are two sides to this of course. Fast food marketers are known for targeting children in school canteens, heavy advertising during prime TV viewing periods and through little league sport sponsorships.
The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation is working as a force for good, focused on activities that are designed to support pleasurable food education for children, with the vision that all children form positive food habits for life.
The Kitchen Garden Program model is based on students experiencing regular gardening and cooking activities, learning to grow, cook, prepare and share their own fresh, seasonal, delicious food. This learning is designed to create ripple effects throughout families and the wider community.
The Foundation is also working closely with their Principal Partner, Medibank, under Medibank’s ‘Growing Healthy Kids’ program. This is a unique community partnership through which Medibank and the Foundation will provide further opportunities for more Australian children to experience pleasurable food education in schools and learning centres, to learn and adopt healthy living habits that last a lifetime. Partnerships with local Councils are also being planned.
The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation’s vision and mission is simple:
Vision: Children form positive food habits for life.
Mission: We provide the inspiration, information, professional learning and support for educational institutions to deliver pleasurable food education, in conjunction with educators, partners and the wider community.
Ange Barry, CEO of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation will be joining us to talk about their mission and and how they are changing the eating habits of a generation of kids.
Image credit: Medibank