Getting kids to eat their vegetables might be a little bit easier thanks to an LFS student-led initiative that provides nutrition education in Vancouver-area elementary schools.
“Giving kids the opportunity to touch, feel, smell and taste a variety of whole foods is key to cultivating a lasting relationship to healthy eating,” says Tiffany Yeung founder of Nutrikids. Through the program, volunteers plan and run interactive workshops to teach fundamental nutrition concepts and decision-making skills that will help children make healthy choices and establish positive dietary habits.
Yeung, a Dietetics student, created Nutrikids in 2005. Since then, the program has delivered over 200 workshops and seen its volunteer base grow from 20 volunteers to more than 100.
“Dietetics students are attracted to the program because it gives them the opportunity for hands-on experience in nutrition education,” adds Yeung.
With support from sponsors like COBS Bread and Kin’s Farm Market, the volunteers help kids understand concepts like fibre and vitamins through activities and games.