Cooking together serves up lasting benefits for adults and children

Better Together BC's Hands-on Cook-off contest invites everyone to enter a home video of their own cooking show for fun and prizes

Adults and children prepare food together at the Gurdwara Sahib Miri-Piri Khalsa Darbar temple.

Preparing food and cooking with your kids does more than just give you a hand in the kitchen, it also teaches children food skills and helps with their math, science and reading skills.

And as well as spending time together, research shows that children who help also get better grades, have better physical and mental health and social adaptability.

And that extends to teenagers too, plus they feel more connected to their families.

Better Together BC, which promotes cooking and eating together, has launched its seventh annual Hand-on Cook-off contest and this year is the first time it’s going national.

The goal for the contest is to raise awareness around the significant benefits of cooking and eating together, inspiring families to have fun in the kitchen.

Until May 20, everyone is invited to get together with friends or family and make a home video cooking show three minutes long or less to win cash prizes. Videos should include two or more people making a recipe together while having fun.

Local chief dietitian population health Flo Sheppard says another goal is to get people to unplug at mealtime and adds that no one from Terrace has won the contest.

For more details, see the Better Together BC website.