According to new research released by Medibank, Australian parents believe it is beneficial for children to help prepare meals at home because it leads to improved life skills and bonding opportunities, yet technology, late nights at work, and other distractions are barriers to making this a reality.
Four in five Aussie parents believe cooking with their kids is an effective way to expose their children to healthy eating, and close to three in four think it provides them with an opportunity to bond.
While the intent is there, parents are experiencing a number of barriers preventing them from eating and cooking with their children.
More than half (55 per cent) of parents believe it’s faster and easier to prepare meals by themselves, while almost a third (31 per cent) believe their child would prefer to do something else.
The findings have been released to coincide with the launch of Medibank Healthy Kids, an interactive online platform that allows Aussie families to access the successful Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation program in their own homes.
Australian food icon and SAKGF founder Stephanie Alexander believes the program’s expansion will help to ensure children are learning healthy habits from a young age.
‘‘We know parents are busier than ever and it’s hard to fit everything in. That’s why we’ve joined forces with our longstanding partner Medibank to expand our successful school program into Aussie homes, and make it easier for parents and children to learn about healthy food education together,’’ Ms Alexander said.
■The Medibank Healthy Kids platform offers recipes and exclusive content to get children involved in preparing and eating healthy food. Visit www.medibank.com.au/healthykids for more information.