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Free Worthing Course launches to help combat rising levels of diabetes

Social enterprise company Health Champions, in partnership with Adur and Worthing wellbeing, is launching a free cooking course in Worthing starting on June 8 aimed at preventing people developing diabetes and other weight-related conditions.

The six-week course, led by registered dietitian Denise Kennedy, will focus on making everyday meals healthier and reducing portion size, as well as being low-cost and quick to prepare. Referrals can be through a health professional as well as directly from local, eligible people who live in the Adur and Worthing area.

The ‘Cook for Health’ course at Worthing High School in South Farm Road, from 6pm to 8pm, will help to encourage local people to ditch ready meals and take-aways and to create delicious meals and snacks from scratch more regularly.

Included in the course are free ingredients, as well as tasty recipes, with course participants cooking and eating the meals together at each session.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Use a range of cookery skills to prepare healthier meals
  • Have improved confidence in the kitchen
  • Make healthy meals on a budget
  • Create appropriate correct portion sized meals
  • Adapt traditional recipes to make them healthier.

Health Champions course leader Denise Kennedy, said: “As levels of diabetes and other weight-related diseases continue to rise, it’s more important than ever to eat and cook healthily - whatever your age.

“With increasing levels of obesity among children, parents and grandparents learning to cook and understanding the importance of a healthier diet is vital if we are going to change the eating habits of the next generation. Although it isn’t easy, making changes will help the whole family to be healthier in the longer term.

“Cooking from scratch means you know exactly what has gone into your meal and you can control the amount of fat, salt and any sugar.”

A list of the courses we are running is on our website or call Health Champions on 01444 318649.

Media enquiries: for more information or to arrange interviews with Karen Dennison, please contact Cathy Kelly at ckellypr@gmail.com or on 07704 130226.