The VegeCooking Story
There is an epidemic in this country of kids, teens, and adults not getting enough nutrition or eating their vegetables and it's harming our health, animals and the planet.
Diet-related illnesses consisting of heart disease, autoimmune issues, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer are some of the top causes of preventable, premature death.
VegeCooking Founder, Dawn Hutchins, has an extensive knowledge of the power of plant-based cooking and nutrition. Dawn started learning the power of using plants for food and medicine as a child from her grandmother, Stella, who was a master herbalist and practiced a macrobiotic diet. She later earned her certificate in plant-based nutrition through Cornell University and the T. Colin Campbell foundation, and is certified in nutritional therapy with a focus in epigenetics. She's been developing healthful, delicious recipes since 2009. On VegeCooking you’ll find free recipes, cookbooks and transformative programs, in-person classes, virtual cooking classes, licensing opportunities, and more to help you and your family reach your plant-based goals.
In 2013 Dawn lost her father, a proponent of a paleo-style diet, at just sixty seven years of age to undiagnosed heart disease. Just that very morning he had made the decision to retire. Excited about the future, he rode his bike to the pool to swim his daily laps, when he suffered a massive heart attack and could not be revived. He would never have a chance to enjoy the retirement he’d worked so hard for. plant-based diet just three years earlier in 2010. She was able to finally reach her ideal weight and heal her depression, and this lifestyle has helped her daughter, Gabby, end chronic ear infections and debilitating eczema.
"My daughter's New Year's Resolution was to cook more with mom. Your cooking classes were the reason. Thank you!"
Natalie C - Elementary School Teacher & Mom
1/3 of American Kids are Overweight or Obese
This is caused by "behaviors that influence excess weight gain [which] include eating high-calorie, low-nutrient foods and beverages, not getting enough physical activity, sedentary activities such as watching television or other screen devices, medication use and sleep routines." (Source-CDC)
Kids that are overweight at ages 10-13 have an 80% chance of becoming obese adults. (Source-CDC)
This can lead to a life of chronic illness such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, certain types of cancer and depression.
Giving ALL kids a chance at health
Regardless of whether our children are overweigh tor not, shouldn’t they all have the opportunity to learn to eat healthfully?
According to a PubMed study from the National Institute for Health, “Findings suggest that cooking programs may positively influence children’s food-related preferences, attitudes, and behaviors.”