New Educational Resource Helps Teach Healthy Safe Meal Preparation

by 5m Editor
19 May 2004, at 12:00am

CANADA - Farm-Scape: Episode 1519. Farm-Scape is a Wonderworks Canada production and is distributed courtesy of Manitoba Pork Council and Sask Pork.

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Farm-Scape is a Wonderworks Canada production and is distributed courtesy of Manitoba Pork Council
and Sask Pork.

Farm-Scape, Episode 1519

A new educational resource being distributed to Alberta high schools is taking up to date information on healthy eating, shopping, cooking and food safety to the classroom.

'Pork Simple and Easy,' provides grades 10 to 12 teachers with ready-to-use classroom materials on buying, cooking and planning healthy meals with lean pork.

The package was developed in response to focus group research that showed limited Canadian based resources on fresh meats was forcing teachers to rely on American information or outdated information.

Alberta Pork Health and Nutrition Specialist Andrea Licursi says a lot of today's youth lack the basic skills for cooking and preparing meals so this package aims to close that gap.

"It's designed to benefit the teacher in class and assist her with teaching the various curriculums around some of the foods courses. It includes five main things.

There's a background section for the educator with regards to our industry so a little bit more farm to fork in assisting her with classroom questions.

There's a booklet that is designed specifically for the students and they receive a class set of those which will walk them through everything from buying and cooking pork and some of the other details of cooking and preparation.

We've designed five student activities which all match various curriculums within the foods courses so they can pick and choose which curriculums they want to focus on and which activity would compliment that.

Within those there's the instructions, the activity sheet for the student that is quite easy to photocopy and the answers for the teacher.

We've also included 10 colored overheads, there's 12 recipes that have been classroom tested and approved by students and there's also two colored posters that are included in the binder".

The program was developed with the assistance of about a dozen food teachers and is Alberta learning approved. It's being made available through the Alberta Learning Resources Centre or through Alberta Pork.

For Farmscape.Ca, I'm Bruce Cochrane.

5m Editor