Family Kitchen is a campaign developed and maintained by Registered Dietitians at Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) to help kids develop food and cooking skills at home. This campaign is designed to encourage and support parents in transferring essential cooking skills to their children and to give children the tools they need to eat well for life.
Our research shows that children enjoy cooking and see it as an opportunity to express themselves creatively. Children who are welcomed into the family kitchen to prepare foods are more likely to try new foods, have better eating habits and have more confidence in the kitchen. This website will help parents get started and provides tips and tools to get children involved in cooking today.
To inform this campaign, Dairy Farmers of Canada commissioned two major research studies to help identify the current factors influencing Ontario families’ understanding of and practices in transferring food and cooking skills to their pre-teen children.
A large survey conducted among parents across Ontario plus additional in-home observations explored this topic further. These studies helped us to better understand whether parents view cooking skills as a priority, where these skills fit with respect to other important life skills and the extent to which cooking skills are shared with and transferred to children in the home. The research identified ways to help parents appreciate the importance of transferring food and cooking skills to their children and what resources parents would find useful. The research also provided insights into the challenges and successes of passing cooking skills on to children.
DFC is a national non-profit organization run by and for Canadian dairy farmers. DFC employs over 20 Registered Dietitians to help Canadians adopt and maintain healthful eating and lifestyle practices. As stewards of a critical component of our food supply, dairy producers have an inherent interest in ensuring that Canadians appreciate the natural goodness, safety and high quality of Canadian milk.
Registered Dietitians at DFC play an important role in encouraging individuals and communities to be well and eat well. Registered Dietitians have advanced training in nutrition science, research, education and communication and work with like-minded individuals and organizations, including governments, health organizations, teacher associations, educators, and researchers, to help Canadians achieve their healthy eating goals. Many of DFC's nutrition and health programs have won awards and are often on the leading edge of nutrition education in their respective communities.
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