A growing body of research shows a direct link between diet and mental health. This is particularly true for children and teens, whose brains and bodies are still developing. Psychological challenges such as anxiety, depression, and ADHD just to to name a few, are frequently linked to low quality diets in children and adolescents.
According to Dr. Drew Ramsey, MD, of Columbia University, "Recent studies have shown the risk of depression increases about 80% when you compare teens with the lowest-quality diet, or what we call the Western diet, to those who eat a higher-quality, whole-foods diet".
We believe cooking as therapy can increase healthy habits both physically and mentally and reduce unhealthy ones, while providing young people with positive outlets and hobbies they can enjoy.
Cooking in groups provides an opportunity for socialization and can influence significant psychosocial outcomes. When cooking together, there must be cooperation and interaction, and as a result, one forms relationships and connections with those they cook with.
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