By Amy Campbell, Community Health Promoter
Working outside the home with busy lifestyles and loaded schedules has turned a few generations to rely on fast and convenient foods. Fewer folks have acquired the skills to prepare healthy meals from scratch in their home.
Food skills like food knowledge, meal planning, cooking techniques and even improving recipes and using leftovers all need to be encouraged and fostered in adults, youth and kids.
It is time to promote an expanded version moving from these skills on to a broader concept for food literacy. Yes individual skill sets need to be supported and encouraged by healthy food environments, hands on learning opportunities like community kitchens, guidelines and policies to support access to affordable and healthy food, living conditions and social networks that support our rekindled desire to make healthy and safe food choices. Become an advocate to support food literacy!