Illinois Extension’s I Made That! Cooking Education Kits helps youth build their nutrition and cooking skills

(MILAN, Ill.) University of Illinois Extension and 4-H have a fun opportunity for youth ages 8 and older to enhance their cooking skills this March for National Nutrition Month. ‘When it comes to nutrition and health, the more you know, the better you can be at taking care of yourself and those you care for.” said Kristin Bogdonas, Illinois Extension nutrition and wellness educator. She has put together educational cooking kits designed to inspire the inner chef, help youth gain confidence while working in the kitchen, and educate them about healthful eating plans.

Bogdonas said this at-home project is ideal for families to work on together or for youth with cooking experience. Participants will learn about healthy eating patterns and how to modify recipes with flavorful additions to fit their family's needs and taste preferences.

The cost is $5 per educational kit. It includes an "I Made That!" instructional booklet, a sensory evaluation, activities, fun recipes to try, and chickpeas to use in the recipes. For their participation, youth will also receive a complimentary reusable 4-H logo cup and an 8" 4-section MyPlate that will reinforce correct portion sizes in each food group. Kits will be available for pick-up the second week of March at Illinois Extension offices in Milan, Viola and Galva, Ill. Register early to reserve your kit while supplies last. Visit the online registration at  The deadline to register is February 28th.