Men from Maghera have been cooking their way to better health after completing a ‘cook it’ programme.
The eight men, from Watty Grahams GAC and Craigmore and District Community Association, all took part in the six-week long course, through the Mid Ulster ‘Make A Change’ programme which helps people eat more healthily and become more physical active.
Funded by the Public Health Agency (PHA) and supported locally by Mid Ulster District Council and both the Northern and Southern Health and Social Care Trusts, the men learnt their way around a kitchen, picking up tips on nutrition, food preparation and essential cooking skills, all in a relaxed and social atmosphere.
Welcoming the programme, Councillor Christine McFlynn, Chair of the Council’s Environment Committee, said:
“We all know about the link between a healthy diet and exercise and reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers, but it can be challenging to make the theory fit the reality of our lives.
“The ‘Cook It’ programme takes a very practical approach and I’m delighted to see such an innovative programme delivered in Mid Ulster for the benefit of local people”.
Sean Keane, Chairman of Watty Grahams GAC said:
“The programme has been an excellent experience and all the men participating enjoyed making some very tasty meals while learning about what is healthy and what they should be eating.”
Eugene Devlin Chairman of Craigmore and District Community Association said:
“The Make a Change programme was an excellent experience and all the men felt it helped them make very positive steps for the benefit of their health.”
If you would like more information on ‘Make a Change’ or would like to speak to one of the Health Support Officers, please contact the programme support team in Environmental Health at Mid Ulster District Council on 03000 132 132, E: [email protected].