Things are really picking up in the new Doctor Yum Project Kitchen. I recently realized how busy my new practice Yum Pediatrics was getting, and that I wasn’t able to offer as many Doctor Yum Project cooking classes as I wanted. I decided to call in some help from my friend Jen Miller.
Jen Miller of Jen Miller Coaching is Holistic Health Coach who prides herself on helping people develop healthy relationships with food. I had met Jen on several occasions and loved her energy and approach to teaching families about food. After volunteering for several of my kids' cooking camps, Jen was excited about becoming our new Cooking Programs Coordinator. As one mom recently wrote to me, “Jen is such a great addition to the Doctor Yum Project!”
After a month on the job, Jen and I have been able to offer a variety of new classes and camps for everyone in the family. We have offered new sessions of our popular Kids Food Adventure (age 7-12) and Preschool Food Adventure (age 3-6), which means more opportunities for kids to come into our colorful kitchen and learn how to prepare and eat locally grown whole food. With our teaching garden now open we have been incorporating lessons in the garden into our camps. It’s so fun to see the kids excited about watering the garden from the rain barrel or picking an eggplant for the first time!
We are now excited to be offering a teen cooking camp with TONS of information about healthy food choices for teens. We have also started a new series of cooking classes for adults on Wednesday evenings. Our first class called “Doctor Yum’s Cooking up Curry,” demonstrated a few easy family-friendly curry dishes and discussed the health properties of the spices used in curry. A few new classes on the calendar include Canning, Desserts, Lunch Packing, and Seasonal Cooking. A weekend “Cooking with Dad” series means that even dads can get into the Doctor Yum Project kitchen!