On Thursday, August 6, eight kids from Qualicum First Nation rolled up their sleeves and were eager to learn about nutrition at the Qualicum Health Centre. Each participant gained hands-on experience in smoothie-making, blending yogurt dips, cleaning and chopping vegetables and assembling healthy bento box lunch options as well as making homemade freezies and frozen yogurt bars.
The kids received instruction from Nicola Loiselle, KL's Wellness Clinical Therapist, on how to use a knife and cooking utensils safely, follow simple recipes and even participated in a fun "Guess that food" challenge in which they were encouraged to identify various fruits and vegetables.
The kitchen contained four work different stations. Each team of two kids were assigned to complete a task or recipe then rotated to each station throughout the day. Due to COVID-19 the group was kept small and all stations and layout reflected safe practices and encouraged physical distancing and the importance of frequent hand-washing.
In addition to learning more about nutrition each participant received their own Magic Bullet blender, a bento box container and took home fresh ingredients to continue creating nutritious lunches.
Following the session, the participants shared lunch and completed their healthy day by going out on a two hour mountain bike ride lead by Frank Shaw, KL Wellness and Culture worker, to burn off the calories.
KL would also like to acknowledge Susan Anslow, Registered Nurse, and Carrie Reid, Qualicum Nation Prevention Worker, for making the event a success. Huych'qa!