Students at the Owen Sound Campus will have a unique opportunity to be involved in a pilot cooking program aimed at helping them improve their eating habits. A community kitchen is being formed where they can come together to cook large batches of food, providing them with four to five meals to take away.
The idea came out of a three-session nutrition and cooking workshop in 2012, aimed at getting students to eat better. Students often opt to eat fast instead of eating well, and studies have shown a clear correlation between healthy eating and excelling academically.
Community kitchens have a number of benefits. Participants can enjoy networking, save through sharing costs and learn how to cook and eat healthily.
The first session will be held Nov. 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. and is limited to 10 students. Two additional sessions will be held this semester and three more will take place during winter semester. Students will be asked to make a modest financial contribution to help cover program costs.
The initiative was developed by the Students’ Administrative Council and the First Generation and First Year Experience programs in partnership with the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation.