Explain to the students that they are going to participate in creating a dish with their parents using a healthy recipe. Therefore, they have to ask their parents if they would be willing to make a dish using a healthy recipe and ultimately participating in a pot-luck dinner for all the students and the parents. The recipes that each parent-student team uses to make the dish will be collected at the pot-luck dinner and turned into a recipe/presentation book for the entire class. Note: Parents can turn in their recipe early to make sure that the dish that they would like to prepare is healthy.


1. Have the students take home the “Parent Participation Request Form” to their parents stating their willingness to participate in each aspect of the project. The parents are responsible for finding a healthy recipe, making the dish with the student, and bringing the recipe in for the student on the pot-luck day. The student is responsible for helping the parent make the dish, and discussing their research project as well as the recipe and the dish on pot-luck day.

2. In preparation for pot-luck day, students should design the layout for the class’s recipe/presentation book. A cover can be designed together as a class, or each student can design a cover and the class can vote on which one to use.

3. On pot-luck day, students should give a brief presentation (2 minutes) about their family tree, their research concerning a health condition, and their recipe. Make sure the student summarize how they created the dish, what is the nutritional value of their dish (i.e. the fat content, sugar content, the fruit and vegetable servings), and whether or not they recommend their dish.

4. After presentations, have students and parents vote on the best presentation and the healthiest dish. Award the winning parent and student teams.

5. Have the student and family member fill out the “Family Contract” which will detail a change in the home environment the student and family member can make to be healthier. The change will be something the student has learned from one of the health lessons (example: not smoking, buying more fruits and vegetables, etc.)

6. Assemble the health condition research presentations into a binder making sure that all recipes from every student are included. Make copies of the class’s recipes and give them to students to make their very own recipe books to share with their families. Keep the original binder as a reference for students to view in years to come.

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