Picture 8The “Xtreme Cuisine Cooking School” introduces students aged 9 to 15 to the world of cooking and good nutrition. One- and two-day classes are conducted at various locations around the state of Florida. Students learn to prepare whole-wheat pizzas, fruit parfaits and other nutritious and tasty treats. They also learn how Florida fruit and vegetables used in these recipes provide vitamins and minerals that can help prevent heart disease and other obesity-related illnesses. In addition, students learn the dangers caused by excessive amounts of salt, sugar and fats in their diet, and how fiber could eliminate their desire for high-calorie, low-nutrition snack foods. At the end of each session, students learn how many calories are needed for their age and gender, the vitamin and mineral content of many Florida fruit and vegetables, and how to read a food nutrition label. They also receive recipe and nutritional brochures as well as an “Xtreme Cuisine” certificate attesting to their skill in the preparation of healthy snacks.

With the increased number of children in this country being obese, Hillsborough County Farm Bureau Federation’s Women’s Leadership Committee has partnered with the Florida Farm Bureau Federation and the Florida Department of Agriculture to do Xtreme Cuisine Cooking Schools.

The Women’s Committee has completed numerous classes and looks forward to many more. The goal of the class is to give the kids some options to put some healthy snacks into their daily eating habits. Our hope is that by showing the kids that just by making a few small changes they can make a real difference in their future health. In the class the kids are taught how to use Fresh Florida Produce to make delicious and nutritious snacks. The kids as well as the Women’s Committee have been having a great time.

For more information about the program, please contact Michelle Williamson at women@hcfarmbureau.org or Judi Whitson at (813) 685-9121.