KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | August 2014

Shiona Cooks

Nine-year-old chef, speaker, and upcoming television host, Shiona “Shi” Curry, is changing the way kids look at what they eat and drink. In her first cookbook Shi hopes to help children learn about how fun and awesome it is to be healthy in a fast-food society.

Shiona CurrySince the age of 4, Shi has been fascinated by cooking shows and reading cookbooks. As her parents fed her a healthy diet of natural foods, it is no mistake that Shi developed a natural approach to cooking. So Shi came up with a simple, fun message she calls S.H.A.R.E. W.I.T.H, which stands for sunshine, healthy food, air, rest, exercise, water, I love myself, trust, and help (others).

Shi presents her S.H.A.R.E. W.I.T.H. message with other kids, and it is amazing to watch how effectively she reaches the elementary and middle school children who attend her workshops. As Shi presents spiritual, emotional, and physical health principals “for kids, by a kid,” children easily grasp the concepts and willingly apply them to their lives. Recognizing the detrimental effects of negative thinking on the body, Shi incorporates an “I love myself” piece in all of her workshops, and challenges children to think healthy thoughts about themselves and others. 

In October 2013 Shi spoke at the Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta, Gerogia, where she gave a presentation on the topic “Think Inside the Lunch Box,” focusing on the struggles children and families have in our society.

Shi attends Maranatha church in Atlanta. She was baptized in 2013 after approaching her pastor about baptism—and being persistent.—Adapted with permission from Southern Tidings