Work­shops show value in healthy eat­ing

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Sophia Con­stan­tine

Par­ents and their young ones were treated to the Food Sen­sa­tions ed­u­ca­tion and cook­ing pro­gram at Rose Now­ers Early Learn­ing Cen­tre in South Hed­land last week.

The Food­bank WA pro­gram, which is funded by BHP, aims to pro­vide a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of nutri­tion and healthy eat­ing for adults of all ages.

Par­ents were pro­vided with an in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion on the im­por­tance of cook­ing healthy and nu­tri­tious food, and knowl­edge of how to in­tro­duce healthy foods such as fruit and veg­eta­bles into meals for fussy chil­dren.

Food­bank WA public health nu­tri­tion­ist Leisha Aberle said par­ents had loved the ex­pe­ri­ence of cook­ing with kids and get­ting new ideas of how to in­tro­duce foods.

“The pur­pose of work­ing with par­ents is to help sup­port them in pro­mot­ing healthy eat­ing choices for their lit­tle ones,” she said.

The EON Foun­da­tion has also been work­ing with the chil­dren to en­cour­age them to show an in­ter­est in gar­den­ing from an early age.

EON Foun­da­tion project man­ager Jenny Hurse, who had been mak­ing worm farms with the chil­dren, with lay­ers of com­post and sand, said gar­den­ing was a great way for young ones to ex­plore the en­vi­ron­ment and show in­ter­est in grow­ing their own veg­eta­bles.

The team from Food­bank will be back on Septem­ber 11 with a work­shop to help par­ents with ideas to feed fussy eaters.

Pic­ture: Sophia Con­stan­tine

Mitchell Gates, 3, en­joy­ing the cook­ing work­shops.

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