Childhood obesity is a real issue for the parents and children of today. Nearly a third of children aged 2 to 15 are overweight or obese, and we are seeing the first generation of children that are likely to be less healthy than their parents. The highest levels of obesity are seen in those children from low income backgrounds, and in East Devon there are pockets of real deprivation.
We are currently working with schools in Chard and Cranbrook to provide a series of hands-on cooking sessions for parents and their children.
These sessions are all about parents having fun cooking with their children, and learning more about eating healthy, delicious and budget friendly food. The schools in both Chard and Cranbrook have relatively high proportions of families on free school meals, which makes this type of session particularly relevant.
At the end of each session parents and children sit down together to enjoy the meal they have prepared.