In pro­file: Five min­utes with QCWA Kin­garoy’s Janelle Reeves

South Burnett Times - - RURAL WEEKLY -

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.


Janelle Reeves

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