In Hawaii, 1 out of every 4 children are obese by the time they enter kindergarten. Childhood obesity has more than tripled over the past 30 years as the result of a caloric imbalance, where too few calories are expended for the amount consumed. Obese youth are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease along with other chronic health issues.
To curtail the onset of obesity among children, the American Heart Association developed the Kids Cook with Heart program to teach elementary, middle and high school students how to prepare healthful meals as a way to embrace a healthier lifestyle. Studies show that youth who are involved in preparing their own meals are more likely to eat nutritious foods, and more fruits and vegetables.
Moreover, the program gets kids excited about trying new foods, and encourages them to share this passion with their own families at home, thus expanding the program’s reach.
- Your donation of $10,000 will provide the opportunity for one grade to participate in the program at no cost to them.
- Your donation of $1,000 will provide take-home kits for one class
- Your donation of $100 will provide the opportunity for one child to participate in the program at no cost to them.
The American Heart Association’s Kids Cook with Heart course is an interactive, educational program designed to improve children’s nutritional choices and diets – as an important part of improved cardiovascular health – by engaging them in healthy cooking classes. The goals of the program are to:
- Increase fruit and vegetable consumption
- Decrease sugary drink, and increase water, consumption
- Decrease high sodium processed foods
- Increase cooking healthy foods and snacks at home
- Increase use of local produce
Local Maui Schools
Kids Cook with Heart served over 775 kids last year in Maui, Hawaii. Schools in the program include: Pomaikai Elementary School, Puukukui Elementary School, Wailuku Elementary School, Princess Nahienaena Elementary School, Kamehameha III Elementary School, Lahaina Intermediate School, and Lahaina High School.
Our volunteers are the heart of our program. Mahalo Chef Rob Mason from RJ Gourmet, Chef Rose Marquis from Hotel Wailea, Chef Samira Seibaa from Hoaloha Na Ekolu, , Chef Charlie Owen from Lahaina Bakery, , Chef Sheldon Simeon from Lineage Wailea, Chef Jessica Qsar from Maui Personal Chef, Chef Alvin Savella from Mala Restaurant, Chef Riko Bartolome from Montage Kapalua Bay, and Chef Kyle Kawakami from Maui Streatery.Thank you for giving your time to help your community!
Please see our video recipe tutorials to try at home with your ohana!
Mahalo to the Saunders Family Foundation, the Makana Aloha Foundation, ROAM – Maui, The Lily Pointe Foundation, Young and John Maccarone, Elliott & Diane Feuerstein, The Roddenberry Foundation, and everyone who attended our annual February Fundraiser for your generous donations!
Maui Health is a proud local sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Kids Cook with Heart Program.
Have questions on the Kids Cook with Heart program? Want to volunteer? Please contact [email protected] or by calling 808-212-4861