Cook your way to a health­ier life­style

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - David Sal­vaire

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.

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Pic­ture: David Sal­vaire

Bal­divis food trainer Alex Taucher with com­mu­nity vol­un­teer Jenny Robin­son and mo­bile food man­ager Marie Fitz­patrick.

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