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Health Champions teach West Sussex residents how to cook and eat healthily

In a bid to cut poor diets and rising levels of obesity, Worthing-based social enterprise company Health Champions Training will be teaching residents from the Worthing, Arun, Adur, Chichester and Selsey areas how to cook and eat more healthily on special, free, courses.

The organisation has been funded by the Chichester District and Adur and Worthing Wellbeing services to provide cooking and information sessions over the next 12 months to people who don’t know how to cook healthily or who need to improve their diets.

Data published in medical journal The Lancet shows that nationally between 1991–1993 and 2011–2013 the proportion of overweight or obese people increased from 67% to 77% for men and from 55% to 63% for women.

The successful six-week ‘Cooking with Confidence’ courses aim to change people’s eating habits for good and will run throughout 2017 and into 2018 at an increased number of locations in Worthing, Durrington, Tarring, Sompting, Chichester and Selsey.

They are aimed at people who need a confidence boost in the kitchen and offer hands-on help for creating easy, low-cost and healthy meals. The courses encourage people to ditch ready meals and take-aways and to create delicious meals and snacks from scratch more regularly. People attending the courses often lose weight as a result of changing their diets and becoming more food aware.

Health Champions has also published its own ‘Healthy Food Charter’ on its website www.healthchampions.co.uk in a bid to bust common food myths and to help avoid confusion about what we should and shouldn’t eat.

The charter contains lots of useful information, including how to reduce sugar intake and increase fibre, as well as top tips for creating healthy family meals on a budget.

Health Champions director and registered dietitian Denise Kennedy said:  "We are excited to be increasing the number of courses as we’ve had such positive results from previous sessions. Our key message to people is that we can all eat a healthy diet – easily and cheaply. People on our courses feel better for making healthy food swaps and for learning how to cook new dishes.

“As a direct result of comments received on the courses and with all the conflicting advice on diets and food, we’ve written our own ‘Healthy Food Charter’ as a guide for people. Even making one or two changes, such as adding more vegetables to dishes like bolognaise, or switching to brown rice can help to make a difference.”

People attending the fun and informal courses are given free ingredients and tasty recipes to create dishes, which they cook and eat together with other participants at each session.  

By the end of the course, participants can:

  • 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.

Current courses

Tarring - The Rowans Day Centre, Steeple View, Pelham Road, Tarring

April 21 - May 26 - 11am – 1pm

Arun

Bognor – Bognor Regis Youth & Community Centre, Westloats Lane, Bognor - April 26 – May 31 – 11.30am – 1.30pm

Angmering – Angmering Community Centre, Foxwood Avenue, Angmering - 3.30 – 5.30pm

The Laburnum Centre, Bognor - June 12 – July 17 – 6-8pm

Rustington – Rustington Parish Church Hall,  The Street, Rustington, September 11 - 6-8pm

Shoreham – Stepping Stones Children and Family Centre (Fishersgate), Gardner Rd, Portslade – June 6 - 10am-12noon

Selsey – Selsey Town Hall, 55 High Street, Selsey, 12.30 - 2.30pm

June 16 - July 14

September 8 - October 13

January 26 - March 2, 2018

 

Chichester - Roussillon Community Hall, Donegall Avenue, Chichester

June 26 - July 31 - 2.30 - 4.30pm

 

Durrington - Northbrook Barn Community Centre, Squadron Drive, Durrington

Two sessions run from 10.30am to 12.30 pm and 12.30pm to 2.30pm

April 20 - May 25

September 7 - October 12

November 9 - to December 14

 

Sompting - St Peter’s Church, Bowness Avenue, Sompting

Two sessions run from 10am to 12noon and 12 - 2pm

May 8 - June 12

Sept 2017 (date to be confirmed)

'Cooking with Confidence’ course (to lose weight for health reasons)

Worthing - Worthing High School, South Farm Road, Worthing, 6 - 8pm

June 7 - July 12

September 13 - October 18

November 1 - December 6

January 10 - February 21, 2018

 

For more information visit the Health Champions website or call 01444 318649.

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