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Get Cooking - to be Healthier

Get cooking…to be healthier

Learning to cook is a skill many people take for granted, with recipes often being passed from generation to generation.  

With the increased availability of take away and fast foods, combined with few cooking lessons in schools, there is a rising number of people who lack confidence in the kitchen.  

We have been working across West Sussex for several years - supporting people to learn to cook meals from scratch using basic ingredients and to eat in a healthier way.

In light of recent reports about the levels of diabetes and the numbers of heart attacks in the UK, there’s never been a greater need for people to eat more healthily and to exercise more.

With rising levels of obesity among children, parents 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. You can also include extra ingredients, such as vegetables, handy for any picky eaters.

Learning to cook with Mum or Dad is an ideal and fun way to start to eat healthier and to try new food. It’s vital that more of us get into the kitchen and learn to cook in a healthier way – it will often save you money too!

Karen Dennison from Health Champions is coordinator of free Cooking with Confidence courses, which is running free courses across Sussex.