Getting healthy in the country
STILL famous for scones, cakes and jams, members of the Queensland Country Women’s Association are peddling a new message – on health and well-being.
The QCWA Country Kitchens program began in 2015 thanks to a grant from Queensland Health.
The program centres around five simple messages that will help build stronger, healthier communities:
■ Eat more fruit and vegetables
■ Cut back on sugary drinks
■ Watch portion sizes
■ Cook at home
■ Sit less, move more. Once QCWA branch members have completed training in the program they set about implementing healthy projects in their communities, including walking groups, cooking classes, recipe modification, cooking demonstrations and tastings.
The spring edition of Ruth magazine features stories from QCWA branches about how they are helping their communities get healthier.
The editor of Ruth magazine, Ally Martell, said it was about being involved in your community – something QCWA does well.
“QCWA Country Kitchens projects are tailored to meet the needs of individual communities,” she said. “So we have branches working with other community groups to create kitchen gardens, we have branches providing healthy catering at special events and so on.
“The spring edition of Ruth also features community sewing groups through Textile Beat, which is a fascinating group teaching people how to upcycle and recreate garments to stop waste in the fashion industry.
“We also catch up with Camerata, Queensland’s energetic, young chamber orchestra, on their tour of communities around the state.”
Ruth is a colour, quarterly women’s magazine that is also a fundraiser for the Queensland Country Women’s Association.
It is available at newsagents and by subscription; phone 07 4690 9300 or visit www.qcwa.org.au.
BAKED GOODS: QCWA Toowoomba hosted a series of Back to Basics cooking classes for people with special needs.