Briana Malaska

Cooking camp set to teach youth about healthy eating

by Briana Malaska on February 2, 2017 at 5:48 pm

ZANESVILLE, Ohio- One local cooking camp will be serving up a fun way for youth to learn about preparing healthy meals.

FoodWorks Alliance partnered with United Way of Muskingum, Perry and Morgan Counties to offer “Cooking Day Camps” for youths between the ages of 10 and 18.

Bill Huston, Interim Director of FoodWorks Alliance, said the interactive workshop will teach the importance of good nutrition, and for free.

“A lot of times we’re not eating the best nutrition that we could because a lot of people are under the misconception that its more expensive, and it takes longer,” said Huston.

The camps are limited to 12 kids per group to have individual instruction and an adult chaperone is required.

“We’ll teach about healthy eating, how to select fresh nutritious produce, how to read recipes the importance of eating well and how to prepare a meal,” said Huston.

Current dates are set for February 11th, March 11th and April 8th. But Huston said they would like to plan more to have an even larger community outreach.

The day camps will also offer goody bags complete with cooking utensils to take home with their new skills.

“It’s also nice to have a home cooked meal with the family and you can do it just as inexpensive [as fast food] and have better nutrition for it. Plus it gives your youth self esteem when they realize that they can do this, they can do it the rest of their lives,” said Huston.

For more information or to register for the cooking camps visit their website at or call (740) 453-3649 ext. 2.