Women from Galbally have been cooking their way to better health after completing a ‘cook it’ programme.
The seven women all took part in the six-week long course, through the Mid Ulster ‘Make A Change’ programme which is for anyone aged 50 or over who is interested in making a difference to their life, including by eating more healthily and becoming more physically 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 women picked up tips on nutrition, food preparation and essential cooking skills, all in a relaxed and social atmosphere.
Presenting certificates to the participants, Councillor Linda Dillon, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, said:
“All the women showed such enthusiasm for their new found skills and knowledge and it was a pleasure to be there at the end of the programme to congratulate them on their achievements.
“The success clearly lies in the very practical application of what they learn, from adding herbs and spices to cut back on salt to the benefits of cooking from scratch rather than buying pre-prepared dishes”.
Bronagh Murtagh, Youth and Community Worker, Galbally Youth and Community Association, Galbally Community Centre, said:
“CookIt!, as facilitated by the Make a Change programme has been such a success. Local women coming together for a few hours each week to look at cooking healthy meals on a budget. They had fun, they chatted and they shared stories and recipes from their own kitchens at home. At the end of the 6 weeks they left feeling confident equipped with their new knowledge and practical experience of healthier approaches to mealtimes”.
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].