We are all worried about the increasing costs in healthcare.
According to the Health Research & Individual Trust (HRET), health insurance premiums rose 3% for single coverage, and 5% for family coverage in 2018, with the average worker contribution toward the premium being 18% for single coverage and 29% for family coverage.
Simply put, it’s expensive and burdensome for all of us, and cutting costs often feels similarly out of reach.
People often ask me what they can do—what they have control over—when it comes to their health and corresponding healthcare costs. My answer is always the same: healthy eating habits. One’s diet can undoubtedly be a major risk factor for many chronic diseases which cumulatively cost employers nearly 30 million dollars every year in productivity loss. Unlike many other risk factors, it’s something we can take responsibility for to truly improve our health, which will in turn lower associated costs.
Here’s the best part: improving your diet doesn’t have to be restrictive. What if I told you that it’s not only attainable, but enjoyable and empowering too?
The trick is: don’t think of it as a diet. Think of it as your culinary education!
I believe that culinary education holds the key to unlocking the most delicious possible solution to lowering healthcare costs. We can live better, healthier lives with a greater understanding of how to cook and how to eat. When we cook with high quality ingredients and hold ourselves accountable to our portion sizes, protein and sugar intake, we are able to lead healthier, more energized lives. And it should start as early as possible—with our children.
With all of this in mind, I hope you’ll join us at The Taste of Education, a food and wine festival prepared by chefs-in-training from Miami-Dade County Public School culinary programs. The student-chefs hail from different public schools in Miami-Dade County, and will have the opportunity to win thousands of dollars in prizes in a competition judged by top celebrity chefs, including Ralph Pagano from Naked Taco.
Last year, we raised more than 100,000 dollars for teachers and their students, and we hope for an even bigger turnout this year!
Through events like these, we can empower our students to see that cooking can be a fun and a tasty way to take their health into their own hands.
We hope to see you all on March 10th in Jungle Island.