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Why it's important kids learn to cook?

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YAKIMA, WA - When parents think of a good education usually math, science and language arts pop into their heads, but let's not forget nutrition. 

Katrine Schraan, a teacher at Grace of Christ Preschool is doing her best to incorporate cooking and health into her lesson plans. 

Since Schraan started the cooking lessons this school year her class has made cakes, applesauce and other foods. So far her students are saying, "Yeah! We love cooking."

Schraan says it's important to educate kids on health because, "They don't know how always to reach for the healthiest snack. It might have a picture of fruit and nuts on it so they think it's healthy, but it's loaded with sugar and other things that aren't so great for them."

As a teacher Schraan says cooking is often left out of classrooms because of the lack of resources. 

"I think that there is a lot of demands on teachers these days, and a lot to fit into the classroom, and because there aren't the resources to have cooking tools, and full on kitchens in classrooms and in schools anymore I think that we've lost some of that," said Schraan.

Schraan says she's able to incorporate cooking into her lesson plans because she is part of Pampered Chef. A business driven towards educating everyone about a healthier future.

"I was really excited to hear when Pampered Chef had partnered up with The Big Green to make it possible to get cooking kits in classrooms, whether it's a public school or private school or even scouting groups," said Schraan.

Schraan adds that each one of her cooking lessons has been a success. Some students say they love cooking because, "It's almost like science.You have to enter ingredients, like you have to put different ingredients and like you don't know if it's going to rise or not rise. It's just really awesome," said Gretchen Zediker, Pre-Kinder student.

For those interested in learning more about Pampered Chef you can visit the link below. 

https://www.pamperedchef.com/pws/schraan/about-us

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