SALT LAKE CITY — Harmons here is the first supermarket to incorporate Kids Cook Mondays, part of the national campaign called The Monday Campaigns, which dedicates the first day of every week to health, into its cooking school calendar.
Harmons' dietitian and cooking school chef will team up monthly for hands-on classes for children ages 4-14, according to the retailer’s website. The first kids cooking session, which cost $15 or $20 for two, will take place on June 13.
Peggy Neu, who heads the The Monday Campaigns, New York, outlined the organization’s goals and programs to supermarket operators during the Food Marketing Institutes’ Health & Wellness Conference earlier this year.
"We applaud Harmons as the first supermarket to bring The Kids Cook Monday to their customers. Harmons’ in-store cooking classes every Monday give families a fun, convenient way to learn to shop for healthy ingredients and use them to cook delicious dishes. The support of Harmons underscores the importance of bringing kids into the kitchen at a young age — research shows that children are more likely to eat healthy foods if they’ve helped prepare them. And, when Monday is reserved for family dinners, it helps ensure that parents and kids spend quality time together every week,” said Neu.
The Monday Campaigns, a nonprofit organization founded in 2005, is associated with Johns Hopkins, Columbia and Syracuse universities.