URBANA, Ill. – The preschool age marks a key developmental time period for children to develop food-related behaviors, and getting kids involved with meal planning and preparation can positively influence those behaviors long-term.

Participating in cooking is associated with healthier dietary intake for school-aged children, adolescents, and adults but new research from the Family Resiliency Center at the University of Illinois shows a relationship exists for preschool-aged children, as well.