Healthy Cooking in the Classroom

The Healthy Cooking in the Classroom Program provides hands on cooking instruction in the classroom to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade elementary students.

The program aims to increase fruit and vegetable intake, improve nutrition scores, and create lifelong healthy cooking skills. During the program, students receive four healthy cooking lessons, focused around the MyPlate food groups, where they make (and eat) a healthy recipe. This program teaches food preparation skills such as: opening cans, slicing, mixing, measuring, and heat element safety. These hands on lessons take place during the school day and are provided at no cost to the student. Each student gets to take a recipe handout home and are encouraged to make the recipe at home with their family. All recipes follow USDA nutrition guidelines and are items that the children can make themselves with adult supervision.

Locally, the Healthy Cooking in the Classroom program is in the 4th and 5th grade health curriculum in the Fargo and West Fargo School Districts, and in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade health curriculum in the Moorhead School District. In the 2019-2020 school year we were in over 30 elementary schools and we impacted over 5,000 students!

View the 2021-2022 Healthy Cooking in the Classroom Outcomes


We need volunteers! If you’re interested, please contact Karsyn Wendt at 701-234-5996 or  OR Tori Lee at 701.234.8162 or

Interested in the Kids Healthy Cooking Competition? Click here for more information!


Due to popular demand, we have created a comprehensive curriculum package and a Train the Trainer program so schools or community organizations outside of our Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo area can take and deliver the program at their location. In 2018-2019 we had 4 school districts participate in the Train the Trainer program and they all had successful implementations.

Click here for more information on how to bring this program to your school.


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Program in partnership with Sanford Fit. Click here for more information about their programs for youth and families.