Friday, July 27

C.H.E.F. Program Concludes Session at SU Ag Center

Teachers and students at cooking camp
Baton Rouge, La. - For two weeks, De’Shoin York-Friendship, Assistant Specialist, Nutrition and her LSU counterparts, taught kids to cook, giving them power and responsibility. Participants in the second session of Creating Healthy Enjoyable Foods or C.H.E.F. program concluded their week-long cooking experience on July 27, 2012. The camp focused on preparing and eating good, nutritious meals and exercising.
The best part of the camp for me has been the positive feedback from the parents. They are excited that their kids are now "Chefs" at home and are informing us that their kids are cooking the healthy recipes for their families,” said Friendship, program coordinator.

The second session of the C.H.E.F. program began July 23 for youth between the ages of 12 and 14. The program creator, De’Shoin York-Friendship, with help from Sharman Charles, Eva Davis, Karen Stevens and Kynisha Francois of the LSU AgCenter, taught participants a wide variety of recipes, exercise and food safety. Students learned how to prepare ingredients, gained experience in the kitchen and knowledge on health and nutrition to share with their family members.

“I learned to wash my hands every time I do something different,” said Kerra Augustine of SU Lab School.
“We learned other ways of cooking than frying, like baking, grilling and also how to do aerobics exercise,” said 13-year old Brianna Williams of Hosanna Christian Academy.

Participants reported learning a wide variety of new things to include keeping food separate to avoid cross contamination, sources of calcium and daily requirements, MyPlate, the value of fruits and vegetables in the diet.
“This has been a learning experience for me too,” said Eva Davis, LSU AgCenter. “I learned that some of them will eat food that they usually would not eat; because they cook it, they will eat it.”

Sharman Charles, LSU AgCenter said the program was successful because “kids learned how to eat healthy, exercise and taste new foods.”
The program was conducted in partnership with the LSU AgCenter's East Baton Rouge Parish Extension Office. The staff included Sharman Charles, Area Nutrition Agent; Eva Davis, Associate Area Nutrition Agent; Karen Stevens, Assistant Area Nutrition Agent/Parish Chair; and Kynisha Francois, Nutrition Educator.

For further detail, please contact De'Shoin York-Friendship at 225-771-2582 or

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