Liv­ing and eat­ing for best health

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NICOLA STE­WART nicola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

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.’’

Health pro­moter

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.

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