Living and eating for best health
Seniors in Matamata won’t miss out on the healthy food buzz thanks to a free programme called Eat Well – Live Well.
Organised by Age Concern, the four week programme aims to boost nutrition and health in people over 65.
It features advice on easy-to-use kitchen gadgets, with recipes demonstrated by professional chef Jo Wells and plenty of free tasting for the class.
Matamata couple John and Jan Mott completed the course two years ago and plan to do it again this year.
John was the only gentleman in the group last time and encouraged more men to come along this year.
‘‘Being passionate about cooking as I am, it was fun and I’m sure that if any other gentleman would like to come, they will find it equally as much fun,’’ he said.
‘‘ Eating good food with good friends is good for you.’’
Margrit Neukomm said it’s a great course for those wanting to regain their motivation to cook, or those who may be cooking for the first time, especially for men who may be caring for their wives or living on their own.
‘‘The programme aims to help seniors understand food labelling and how nutritional needs change as you age,’’ she said.
‘‘We try to get rid of the science and get down to the basics.
‘‘Modern food is a baffling science of unknown ingredients, chemicals and additives.
‘‘ With all the packaging it’s hard to know if it’s nutritious or just plain bad for you.’’
Above all, the programme was designed to be fun and was a chance for seniors to socialise and feel connected within the community, she said.
‘‘For people living alone, loneliness can be as damaging to their health as smoking.
‘‘People are encouraged to come along, share their ideas and have a good time.’’
The course includes an exercise programme and information on how to keep fit.
Eat Well – Live Well runs for four weeks on each Thursday at the Matamata Bible Church Cafe, starting September 17. The course starts at 9.30am and is open to all seniors aged 65 and over. To register, call Alison on 888 8876 or Age Concern on 838 2266.
Model in the kitchen: John and Jan Mott attended the Eat Well – Live Well course in Matamata two years ago.