Sen. Cannella Authors Resolution Designating Every Sunday as "Cooking With Kids Day"

Monday, April 25, 2011

State Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) today joined celebrity chef and California native Guy Fieri at a press conference on the North Steps of the State Capitol to announce Senate Joint Resolution 5, which would designate every Sunday as “Cooking With Kids Day” and encourage families across California to help fight childhood obesity and to support healthy living by cooking nutritious meals together at least once a week.
“As a parent to four young children, I believe it’s my responsibility to do everything in my power to ensure my sons and daughters live long, healthy lives. That requires not only leading by example through my own eating and fitness habits, but also instilling in them the same healthy living practices by encouraging them to help our family select and prepare healthy, nutritious meals,” said Cannella. “In light of the increasing prevalence of childhood obesity across the country, parents play a more important role than ever in helping their children develop healthy lifestyles and nutritious eating habits. I commend Guy Fieri for the good work he’s doing to encourage healthy eating among families across the nation, and I’m proud to join him in championing the Cooking with Kids Day resolution.”
Cook With Your Kids Day was first observed on May 10, 2008, after the California State Legislature unanimously voted to approve Senate Concurrent Resolution 94. Since then, Food Network star and celebrity chef Guy Fieri has launched a nonprofit organization, "Cooking With Kids," which is designed to strengthen families by encouraging them to spend more time in the kitchen together in order to help their children eat nutritious meals, build self-esteem and develop healthy eating habits.
“When kids are empowered to play an active role in preparing family meals, they develop a stronger, more conscientious relationship with nutritious foods, and they’re more likely to cultivate healthy eating habits that will last the rest of their lives,” added Fieri. “I’m sponsoring the Cooking With Kids Day resolution because I believe a healthy relationship with nutritious food helps kids build the confidence, self-respect and motivation they need to live long and healthy lives.”
This afternoon, the Senate approved SJR 5 by a vote of 39 to 0. The measure will next go to the Assembly for consideration.