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Stanford University

Child Nutrition and Cooking

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Eating patterns that begin in childhood affect health and well-being across the lifespan. The culture of eating has changed significantly in recent decades, especially in parts of the world where processed foods dominate our dietary intake. This course examines contemporary child nutrition and the impact of the individual decisions made by each family. The health risks associated with obesity in childhood are also discussed. Participants will learn what constitutes a healthy diet for children and adults and how to prepare simple, delicious foods aimed at inspiring a lifelong celebration of easy home-cooked meals. This course will help prepare participants to be the leading health providers, teachers and parents of the present and future.The text and other material in this course may include the opinion of the specific instructor and are not statements of advice, endorsement, opinion, or information of Stanford University.


  • Why Home Cooking Matters
    • A childhood obesity epidemic is facing the USA and many developed nations. Why are so many foods processed, and what can we do to protect our families? We also explore the six basic ingredients every cook should have on hand!
  • What Constitutes a Balanced Meal?
    • Everything you need to know about what makes up a balanced meal, including fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. Learn tricks for controlling portion sizes while maintaining satisfaction.
  • From Supermarket to Dinner Table to School
    • Tricks for navigating the supermarket and shop for vegetables. Why the family meal is about more than just food; how to pack a quick, healthy lunch for a child and why this is so important; how to shop for fruits and vegetables (and teach children to love them); making over our children's favorite foods, and more healthy treats.
  • Sustainable Eating
    • How to make choices that are good for you and the planet. Understand the difference between local, organic, and sustainable. Also, gardening as a way of getting children excited about fresh foods.
  • Labels, Allergies and Taste
    • What have we learned about achieving good eating habits based on enjoyment of the right foods? More tips on working with food allergies, reading nutrition labels, and understanding the elements of taste. Cooking this week: the simple stew, a basic homemade salad dressing plus a Sunday morning treat that will make the whole family smile.

Taught by

Maya Adam


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  • Anonymous
    The course is presented in a nice format, however it is very very basic only covering some details. mostly disappointing part that it doesn't seem to be made for children nutrition. I have done other courses in nutrition and this was supposed to be…
  • Great course for Americans and for beginners who didn't cook at all.
    In other countrys there are different product labels (and not only in language), different supplies, different common ways to cook.
    So for me the course provides just two helpful ideas:
    1) nutrition preparation is a kind of care ritual and good habit in family. It's quite important socially.
    2) cooking is not just doing receipe steps. Everyone can cook and be inventive.
  • Jillian Bagley
    The course is very basic for the most part. She did share some recipes that sounded good. Overall I feel like the class is designed for people who don't know anything about nutrition and don't really have time to prep meals. I did learn a bit though.
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    Jennifer Lynn Wang
    This was a great introduction to food and nutrition. I have a toddler and I’m always worri d he said not eating enough or eating the right kinds of food. This course really helped me see how to entice him to try new thing so in exciting dishes. There I should also an emphasis on seeing the family dining together as Ann important social exercise. I finished the class very quickly but I still learned a lot. I’d recommend this class to anyone, especially families with young children.
  • Aksharavipin
    Nice course for a person from other nation gave insight about a child's nutrition and also how to cook basic recipes....great course but I need to know if I will get a certificate for this course
  • MSatanove
    Easy to do, and it was nice to be able to spend as much or as little time on it as I wanted. I could leave it for weeks at a time when I was more involved in other MOOCs. Found it entertaining at times and annoying at other times -- a bit on the flaky side for me.
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    Pem Dokar
    Actually i have not started the course yet but i think it is very interesting plus people should have some knowledge of what they eat daily and what they give to their child.
  • Zeenatu Jibril
    With this course I have learnt new cooking skills that am proud off and how to treat my foodstuffs in a healthy way.thank you
  • Anonymous
    You could learn some useful stuff and adopt a few good habits. Ideas for everyday cooking. I'd recommend watching the videos.
  • Adebayo Victoria Eyitayo
    This is awesome... After trying a lot of online courses. Thanks I really really appreciate and I love this course. Hoping to complete it
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    Shwan Hamad
    I hope successful course and improve information about another object and materials. I wanna learning new information about nutrition and type of food and how feeding food to your child and appropriate detectable specific good food for child.
  • Rumana Ali
    It is good for mothers to open their eyes as the future of kids are in their hands.It. will make them aware of does and don't in's high time to care about what v r eating.
  • Homaira Afroz
    here is some new.. i want to learn and its help me to learn the exact things whaterver I wanted to.. i hope u will also find interest in this course..
  • Tanya Korshun
    A lot of interesting cooking tips for people, who start to cook themselves. Some ideas are arguable, but still it is an easy and enjoyable experience
  • Anonymous
    Ótima oportunidade para quem gosta de aprender. A iniciativa de Harvard é 100% maravilhosa onde as oportunidades são de grande valia.
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