At cooking camp, kids with chronic kidney disease learn to cook food catered to their diet

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Kids with chronic kidney disease learned how to make delicious foods that they could actually eat as part of a week-long specialized cooking camp that focused on mastering the renal diet.

The camp was created through a collaboration between Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. 

Janaiya Reason with CHOP explained the program focuses on cooking meals that cater to the kids’ specific dietary restrictions. 

"Our program seeks to motivate youth to prepare healthier meals, but also keeping in mind that these patients are teenagers or young adolescents and they like to make meals that are appealing given their restrictive diets that they typically have to follow," Reason said. 

The program focuses on low-sodium, kidney-friendly recipes, which 12-year-old Adrian Rodrigo said opened up a world of options that he didn’t even know existed for him.

“I’ve learned how to make a lot of stuff like barbecue meatballs and I just made garlic bread," he said. 

He was surprised by some of the items he could eat.