En­hanc­ing lives

Video cook­book will en­cour­age healthy eat­ing for peo­ple with mild to mod­er­ate in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties

Journal Pioneer - - COMMUNITY -

An on­line video cook­book is be­ing de­vel­oped to en­cour­age in­di­vid­u­als with mild to mod­er­ate in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties to pre­pare healthy, bal­anced, and cost-ef­fec­tive meals.

The video cook­book is be­ing de­vel­oped by Hol­land Col­lege’s Ap­plied Re­search De­part­ment. Pri­mar­ily funded by the P.E.I. De­part­ment of Health and Well­ness through the Well­ness Grant Pro­gram, ad­di­tional fi­nan­cial sup­port has been pro­vided by Sobeys.

The project is be­ing led by Greg McKenna, a re­search con­sul­tant at Hol­land Col­lege. He said the sup­port of nu­mer­ous in-kind part­ners, in­clud­ing the P.E.I. As­so­ci­a­tion for Com­mu­nity Liv­ing (ACL), Trem­ploy Inc., and Canada’s Smartest Kitchen, will en­sure that the cook­book pro­vides rel­e­vant, ap­pro­pri­ate in­for­ma­tion.

“The com­bined knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence con­trib­uted to this project by the part­ners will re­sult in a highly func­tional tool that will re­in­force in­de­pen­dent liv­ing skills,” he said.

Julie Smith, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of P.E.I. ACL, en­thu­si­as­ti­cally em­braced the project.

“Pro­jects and part­ner­ships of this sort are key to en­hanc­ing the lives of in­di­vid­u­als who have in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties,” she said.

The project, which is in its ini­tial stages, will en­gage peo­ple with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties in the process by hav­ing them in­volved in all stages of the de­vel­op­ment of the cook­book, from iden­ti­fy­ing food in­ter­ests, taste test­ing, pi­lot­ing food pur­chases, and, ul­ti­mately, par­tic­i­pat­ing in food prepa­ra­tion based upon the recipes that are de­vel­oped.

Joel Den­nis, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Trem­ploy Inc., sees the par­tic­i­pa­tory fo­cus of the cook­book as key to the de­vel­op­ment of a cook­book that peo­ple with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties will use.

“Ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion of the end users through­out this project is one of the fea­tures that en­sures suc­cess of the fi­nal prod­uct,” he ex­plained.

The video cook­book, which has also re­ceived fund­ing from the Hol­land Col­lege Pres­i­dent’s In­no­va­tion Fund, will con­sist of five to seven recipes de­vel­oped by food prod­uct de­vel­op­ers at Canada’s Smartest Kitchen to en­sure palata­bil­ity, cost ef­fec­tive­ness and nu­tri­tional value. The on­line video cook­book is ex­pected to be avail­able in the spring of 2019.


Sky MacLeod, front left, and Rolanda Bridges gather to look over fo­cus group ma­te­ri­als with Lynn Tay­lor, back left, life en­rich­ment su­per­vi­sor, Trem­ploy Inc., Greg McKenna, re­search con­sul­tant at Hol­land Col­lege, and Julie Smith, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor the P.E.I. As­so­ci­a­tion for Com­mu­nity Liv­ing.

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