Development of Teen2Chef
Did you know that healthy lifestyle habits learned as children are more likely to be continued into adulthood? This could improve the long-term health of our children and help them to be healthy adults.
Teen2Chef was created to improve the food literacy of our children and to provide them with lifelong skills and nutrition knowledge that will help them to lead healthier lives.
How The Program was Created:
To create the Teen2Chef program, Dietitians from the 4 children’s hospitals across Canada worked together to create a curriculum that included nutrition knowledge, food choices, preparation, and cooking skill development.
The development process went through a number of cycles to come up with a list of topics that the dietitians felt were important. Focus groups were held with teens to find out what information they were most interested in.
After the initial development, Teen2Chef was piloted at 3 sites:
- London Health Sciences, Ontario
- The Hospital for Sick Children, Ontario
- Janeway Lifestyle Program, Newfoundland
Feedback provided by facilitators and participants was used to adapt the program before being finalized and translated to French.
Running the Program:
To make sure that any dietitian interested in running Teen2Chef has all the necessary information to host a successful program, a facilitator guide is provided.
The guide goes into detail about:
- Overview of program
- Materials needed for each session including ingredients and equipment
- Checklist to ensure all program elements are taken care of prior to starting
- Required handouts and what information will be covered in each session
- Sample questions to direct the nutrition education component and key points for the facilitator to highlight
- Activity details
Evaluation and Feedback:
Food Literacy Questionnaires are provided for participants to fill out before starting the Teen2Chef program, as well as after it is completed. These were developed based on validated food literacy questionnaires and include questions to determine current practices, cooking confidence, food skills, and barriers to change.
Facilitators and participants both have opportunities to provide feedback on the program so that changes can be made in the future. Facilitators can use this feedback when they run future programs, and can also email it to the Teen2Chef team so improvements can be made.
Feedback forms were also created to provide facilitators and participants with the opportunity to make suggestions for improvements.