Advanced Cooking Education (ACE) Program

The Advanced Cooking Education (ACE) Program is a 4-H after school club that aims to improve diet quality, nutrition knowledge, and cooking skills of culturally diverse middle school students residing in urban communities. The Program will be pilot tested with 8th grade students in New York City during the 2019-2020 academic year. After school sessions will include healthy snacks, mindfulness-based exercises, and cooking labs where students will learn culinary science skills and prepare dinner meals for their family. Students will also engage in professional and career development activities.

This project is funded by USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Hatch Smith-Lever Funds, Institute for the Social Sciences Small Grant Programs, and President’s Council of Cornell Women Affinito-Stewart Grant.

Research Conducted that Informed the Development of ACE: