Zanussi has partnered with charity Cook School to bring weekly food education classes to primary schools across the UK. Using Zanussi appliances, children will be taught how to cook well-balanced, sustainable meals from scratch and educate their families on the importance of nutrition for long-term health.
As 28% of two to 15 year olds are estimated to be overweight and statistics from Public Health England have shown 4.4% of year six pupils in England need medical help for obesity, research shows children who learn to cook from a young age tend to make healthier food choices throughout their life.
According to the Zanussi study, there is clear passion for cooking amongst the nation’s children, with one in five baking at least once a week. Seven in 10 have put together batches of cupcakes with pizza, rice crispy cakes and pancakes favourite dishes to make by the UK’s little chefs. Yet when it comes to healthy choices, the survey paints a different picture. Diets are lacking in diversity with 11% claiming never to have eaten a pepper and when shown an image of a courgette, 42% mistook it for a cucumber and 19% have never tried one before.
While the average six to 11-year-old knows they should be eating five fruit and vegetables a day, a quarter think fewer portions of fruit and vegetables are acceptable. And despite 86% having visited a farm before to see the link between animals and the food on their plates, two in five do not know that chips come from potatoes.
“Based on these results we can see that today’s youngsters are likely to be more engaged with food than any previous generation,” says Chris George, UK head of marketing for Zanussi. “However, it is also clear that there is a significant task ahead to ensure the fundamentals of food and nutrition, as well as sustainable eating, are taught early enough to allow healthy habits to form. With this in mind, we are delighted that Zanussi and Cook School have teamed up to host weekly cooking classes in primary schools to inspire better choices for children and families across the UK and in turn make a real, positive difference to childhood obesity, diabetes and food wastage.”
“It is fantastic news that 88% of kids love being in the kitchen and eight in ten would like to learn more about cooking at school,” says Amanda Grant, founder of Cook School. “We’re delighted to be partnering with Zanussi who share our passion to make a profound and positive impact on children’s lives. Longer term, this partnership means Cook School will reach more schools and therefore help more children and families in the UK. 2019 is just the beginning. By the end of 2020 we’ll deliver weekly Zanussi Cook School classes reaching 30,000 children nationwide to empower them and their families to make healthier and more sustainable eating choices.”