Teen Programs: Ages 12-18
The importance of healthy eating doesn’t stop after elementary school; neither does GrowingGreat. Since 2015, our GrowingGreat Chefs program has reached teenagers in Downey, Inglewood and Lawndale. This work plays an especially important role in low-income, largely immigrant neighborhoods with high risk of childhood obesity. Studies estimate that adolescents age 12-19 eat twice as much junk food as younger children. In response, GrowingGreat teaches students about healthier alternatives available at their fingertips through joint nutrition and cooking classes. Mixed with science and math, these lessons enable teenagers to become independent – even authoring their own cookbooks – and to share their culinary creations with friends and family, becoming spokespeople for healthy eating in their communities.