Title of Project: Impact of an Employee Wellness-Based Cooking Skills Education Series on Cooking Confidence and Dietary Behavior: A Pilot Study
It is well-documented that fewer Americans are cooking at home than ever before, with just over half of adults reporting daily cooking activities. Research implicates a lack of cooking skills and food preparation knowledge as barriers to preparing home-cooked meals, whereas nutrition knowledge and food preparation self-efficacy are significantly associated with increased family meal frequency, a known predictor of better weight management and improved health. Preliminary research from small-scale studies suggests cooking skill-based learning increases knowledge and improves nutrition attitudes and confidence.
The purpose of this study is to understand how cooking skills training impacts cooking confidence and food choices in adults. Participants are being recruited from our current Employee Wellness cooking class series.