Developing Nutrition Skills As a Young Adult

Field Trip

We all know that healthy eating habits get formed at an early age, but how do we develop and solidify these skills with excitement rather than dread? Recent studies suggest that cooking and food preparation experience at an early age instills long-term health benefits and nutritional responsibility. And yet food education is often mission from our school system. Learn how to translate nutritional basics and guidelines to younger minds with Amy Paxton Aiken, an experienced international childhood nutrition director and middle school teacher.

Aiken will discuss her successes and challenges in working with a potentially difficult age group in a space where student inquiry is essential—Warren Wilson College’s student-run farm. The 110-acre farm doesn’t just supply campus food—it’s also where pre-vet students learn about animal care, economics students flex entrepreneurial muscles, and agriculture students put book learning into practice.

Field trips will combine a small-group tour of a local farm, garden, or market with a more informal presentation and discussion on important healthy eating topics. Buses will transport conferees to the location and back. Return times are approximate.


Presenters

Asher Wright

Asher Wright

Asher Wright is the farm manager for Warren Wilson College Farm, student-operated, diversified mixed crop and livestock farm, with beef cattle, hogs, sheep, and poultry in the Swannanoa Valley.


Amy Paxton Aiken

Amy Paxton Aiken

Amy Paxton Aiken is a nutrition research and evaluation consultant, a registered dietitian, and a middle school athletics teacher at Hanger Hall.