In the summer of 2007, EAT FOOD was asked to create, write, and implement a hands-on nutrition-and-cooking curriculum as part of
Unilever’s corporate social responsibility program. Unilever’s “Cook Smart… Eat Smart” curriculum was an 8-week educational program for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Offered to select BGCA locations throughout the Northeast, the curriculum targeted children ages 8 to 13, and taught basic nutrition, food-shopping, and cooking skills to students living in low-income areas.
EAT FOOD created a set of detailed, user-friendly lesson plans for Boys & Girls Club instructors, most of whom had little to no nutrition knowledge and minimal cooking experience. EAT FOOD “trained the trainers” by providing intensive workshops for instructors at each of the participating sites, along with tailoring the curriculum for each site based on varying needs and demographics.
EF designed the curriculum to provide young children with basic cooking knowledge, including lesson plans devoted to simple recipes and food sanitation. The curriculum also covered nutrition education and grocery shopping, which empowered students to make healthier choices. Lesson plans focused on contemporary health topics such as understanding nutrition labels; recognizing the nutritional benefits of whole grains; and being aware of all the food groups.