Westlake Wellness – Self-efficacy and Confidence around Food

By Elizabeth Beaumont
TIC Food Technology

A component of food literacy that is often overlooked is an individual’s self-efficacy and confidence around food choices and preparation.

It is essential that young people leave home being able to distinguish between credible and false nutrition information, know how to find reliable nutrition information and how to make sense of it in their everyday lives.

Adolescents need the opportunity and to be supported in applying food and nutrition-related knowledge to select, buy and prepare food to make healthy choices while still under the guidance of family and caregivers.

Having opportunities while still at home to build confidence in their ability to use cooking techniques and to prepare tasty meals with available food for themselves and others. This fosters the desire to learn how to prepare food, develops a healthy relationship toward food and builds respect for food traditions and culture.

“The body needs its rest, and sleep is extremely important in any health regimen. There should be three main things: eating, exercise and sleep. All three together in the right balance make for a truly healthy lifestyle” – Author: Rohit Shetty to prepare and enjoy food to eat together