Cook your way to a healthier lifestyle
A healthy food revolution is being rolled out in Baldivis, with Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food WA van setting up shop.
Stationed at Stockland Baldivis, the innovative communitybased cooking program teaches TV chef Mr Oliver’s tips and basic home cooking skills in an effort to encourage people to cook from scratch with fresh food.
The lessons are based on Mr Oliver’s beliefs about cooking and its impact on healthy living.
Each week, the culinary classmates are shown how to jazz up basic ingredients in 90-minute sessions.
Baldivis mobile food manager Marie Fitzpatrick said she was thrilled to be part of the program and offer it to the community.
“We know the importance of a diverse fresh food offering and continually strive to deliver more for residents in the area,” she said. “We’re a back-to-basics class, so for us it’s about teaching those skills that you should know in the kitchen.
“People often say to us at the end of these classes that they didn’t realise how easy it is to make their own sauces or pizza.
“And not only is it healthier for families, it’s tastier as well.”
A quarter of all deaths in Australia are the result of diet-related disease, with one in four people overweight or obese.
The figures sparked a threeyear partnership under which Edith Cowan University has pro- vided funding to The Good Foundation to support the delivery of the program throughout WA.
ECU deputy vice-chancellor Professor Cobie Rudd said the program had been embraced by local communities at its previous locations in Perth, as well as in regional areas.
“Following this success, ECU is really looking forward to helping bring a range of benefits to the Baldivis community, including prevention of chronic disease through healthier eating, as well as developing social connections and inclusion that builds individuals’ confidence and strengthens communities,” he said.
The course is open to people aged 12 and over.
For details visit jamiesminis tryoffood.com.
Baldivis food trainer Alex Taucher with community volunteer Jenny Robinson and mobile food manager Marie Fitzpatrick.