Public Health Student Association

Cooking Canes

Started in 2011, Cooking Canes is a student-run program of PHSA that focuses on young adult nutrition. Every month during the academic year PHSA heads down NW 14th Street to Booker T. Washington Senior High School in Overtown. This under-served community is considered a “food desert” or a geographical area where residents lack reasonable access to healthy and affordable food options. This lack of access is linked to decreased consumption of fruits and vegetables, which are the cornerstone of a healthy diet.

Working with the teachers, over a dozen students come to these monthly two-hour cooking sessions. They are provided recipes, all of the necessary ingredients, and guidance as they prepare healthy meals. Through the hands-on preparation of nutritious and delicious meals they also learn about the health benefits of diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and dairy. Ideally, the food nutrition education extends outside the classroom and into their homes as they prepare these foods for their families.

Please Stay Tuned for 2017-2018 Cooking Canes Dates and Times. If you are interested in participating, please email: