In profile: Five minutes with QCWA Kingaroy’s Janelle Reeves
Why did you decide to get involved with QCWA’s Country Kitchens program?
I was a new member to QCWA Kingaroy Branch and just learning about the different activities offered to members. I enjoy cooking and like putting a healthy spin on old recipes. I also enjoy gardening and cooking with fresh produce. When the Country Kitchens program was introduced, I thought it
sounded a great opportunity to combine the things I love and pass this onto others.
What part of the QCWA Country Kitchens program appeals to you the most and why?
It has been great to meet a variety of people wanting to learn how to make meals heathier.
What have you enjoyed the most about becoming a facilitator?
The interaction with our Country Kitchens’ nutritionists/dietitians has been fantastic. They have passed on a wealth of information.
In what ways have you been able to reinforce QCWA’s Country Kitchens five key messages within your community?
The five key messages were displayed at the Kingaroy Show and promoted at the cooking program. Ten workshops were held in Kingaroy during 2016 - five workshops in Kingaroy with Kingaroy Branch and another five with Kingaroy Twilight Branch. The hands-on demonstration preparing rice paper rolls was great and it encouraged participants to prepare meals at home and to eat more colourful vegetables. At a recent fair, fruit salad was promoted as a healthy snack.
This helped reinforce what a serve of fruit looks like and that fresh fruit tastes great!
Does your Branch have a QCWA Country Kitchens inspired community activity or event planned in the near future?
This year we will be promoting a weekly walking group that would conclude with a healthy snack and some take home information about the five key messages.