How it Began
EATS Park City was created in 2013, when community members began to raise concerns about the health and wellness of youth in the Park City community. They were concerned with the Center for Disease Control’s prediction that the youth in our country today are part of the first generation that is NOT predicted to have a higher life expectancy than their parents. They saw a need, and set out to make a change.
EATS and Park City School District (PCSD)
EATS Park City has become a key component in improving the health and well-being of students in the Park City community. The advocacy work we have done at the Park City School District (PCSD) level has created the space for big changes! In the 2018/19 school year, EATS is providing a staff member to work in the PCSD kitchens to assist in transitioning from heat and serve to scratch-made meals. Our goal is to develop a mutually beneficial and lasting partnership that will improve school food and enable our children to thrive.
Cooking Classes, Gardens, and Curriculum, Oh My!
While providing nutritious food to students is a fundamental step, the additional impact of showing them where food comes from, and how to prepare it is critical. Through EATS’ interactive cooking class program, Curious Cooks, students are challenged to mix and match new flavors like adding spicy arugula leaves to their watermelon salad. Curious Cooks puts the fun into nutrition, builds excitement around food, and empowers students to take ownership over their eating habits. This program currently runs in the PCSD after school program for grades K-5. There are over 300 students enrolled with approximately 50% receiving scholarships.
In grades 6-9, the students are given the freedom to learn through experimentation, while ensuring they have the resources to be successful. We regularly bring in community members (professional chefs, Olympians) to further expand the students’ nutrition and culinary interests.
EATS also supports teachers by providing resources, expertise, and funding opportunities for indoor hydroponic tower gardens, outdoor gardens, and greenhouses. These spaces are used to teach a plethora of academic subjects (math, science, engineering), life skills, and a connection to where food originates.
EATS programs empower students to hone these skills into adulthood. The full circle approach we provide encourages sustainability. If each student is properly nourished, knows how to prepare nutritious food, and is connected to the process, we will not only have healthier children but a greater chance at a thriving community.