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Posted on: 13 January, 2020

Mad Food Science Holiday Program teaches kids about importance of real food

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An interactive, fun workshop for families that uses quirky experiments to teach children the benefits of eating more whole foods has recently paid a visit to the Capricorn Coast this month.

Known as The Mad Food Science Program, children had the opportunity to learn how they could work with their parents to make better food choices.

Central Queensland’s Mad Food Science Certified Instructor Jody Mansfield said youngsters from 5-13 years old were invited to attend one of three, free events held in Emu Park and Yeppoon.

“I’m passionate about whole foods, experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen and healthy lunchbox ideas and this is the reason why I created The Little Green Lunchbox,” Jody said.

“Due to my experiences with my boys, this is why children’s health is my passion. I’m on a mission to empower children for their own health and to start eating more real foods and minimise processed food.

“In these workshops, children learn to take responsibility for what they eat, to taste food with their tongue, not with their eyes, why their body needs a rainbow of fruit and vegetables as well as how to read food packet labels and why real food is so much better for them.”

Youth Councillor Pat Eastwood said the workshops were extremely successful, with over 80 youngsters participating across the three events.

“As parents and as a community, it’s important to provide children with the best head start in life, and healthy eating is a huge part of a child’s development,” Cr Eastwood said.

“Council is thrilled to be able to host informative, fun and educational free events like this for our community, to promote the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle for all ages.”

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