How to keep healthy out in the coun­try

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

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 with a gen­er­ous grant from Queens­land Health.

The pro­gram cen­tres around five sim­ple health 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 own com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing walk­ing groups, cook­ing classes, recipe mod­i­fi­ca­tion, cook­ing demon­stra­tions and tast­ings.

The spring edi­tion of Ruth mag­a­zine fea­tures sto­ries from in­di­vid­ual QCWA branches and how they are help­ing their com­mu­ni­ties get health­ier.

The editor of Ruth mag­a­zine, Ally Martell, said it’s about be­ing in­volved in your lo­cal com­mu­nity – some­thing QCWA does very 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.

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