I really believe focusing on nutrition and practical cooking skills from a young age will have huge benefits for the next generation. With a boxer for a dad and a ballet dancer for a mum, eating well and staying active has been a big part of my life from a very young age and learning to eat healthily when I was younger meant that I was able to take my love of dancing to the next level.
My work with Diversity means I lead a really busy and active lifestyle, spending long days training for special performances and our upcoming tour. To ensure that the Diversity boys and I perform at our best, we even had a kitchen installed in the studio so that we can cook and enjoy healthy meals together.
That’s why I’ve teamed up with Sainsbury’s to launch a nationwide schools competition, Active Kids Superstar Cooks, to help kids understand why a balanced and healthy diet is so important for helping you be the best you can be, not matter what your dream is.
Active Kids Superstar Cooks is a competition created for teachers across the UK to help them teach their pupils all about the new cooking aspects of the curriculum. Not only is this a great fun way to learn, but the prizes include £10,000 of new kitchen kit for your local school and an exclusive dance lesson with me.
Backed by ready-made lesson plans, we want to inspire kids to get creative in the kitchen, whilst teaching them healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime.
I’m on a mission to prove that healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring, so I’m challenging 5-16 year-olds to invent and cook the ultimate healthy meal for four people to claim the Superstar Cooks crown. I’m all about creativity and I can’t wait to hear about the flavours and the ingredients that inspire the winning dishes. Once you’ve decided on the dish, you just need to name it, photograph it and share the recipe – it’s as easy as that!