Jerry Blackwelder

Raleigh’s Poe Center Opens CookWELL Kitchen

The Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education recently celebrated the opening of the CookWELL Kitchen, a major project to teach students and other visitors kitchen safety and nutrition.

The teaching kitchen features cooking stations for students to experience hands-on cooking. They will learn to make simple, healthy and nutritious food choices.

Students will hear how to prepare and eat fruits and vegetables, basic kitchen safety and knife skills and how to impact their health in a good way. They will also learn how to bring food from garden to table and take home recipes for nutritious meals.

The Poe Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and empowering young people and their families to make choices that improve health behaviors. The Poe Center opened in Raleigh in 1991 and since then has provided health education to more than a million students coming from 94 of North Carolina’s counties.

Engaging in fun, highly interactive lessons, students from preschool through grade 12 are given instruction following the NC DPI Healthful Living Essential Standards on health topics including nutrition, dental health, general health, family life and drug prevention.

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