Cook, Eat and Enjoy with us during Seniors Week

3 MARCH 2014
MEDIA RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Many seniors are not consuming the recommended serves of fruit, vegetables and dairy products[1]. Studies have found that the most common health conditions amongst this group include elevated blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and arthritis[1]. Choosing the right foods plays a significant role in managing these health conditions.  

To celebrate Seniors Week, Nutrition Australia ACT (NA ACT) is helping seniors to eat well by reigniting their passion for cooking with the successful Project Dinnertime – Simple Eats for Seniors program. This program aims to inspire individuals to cook more meals from home more often, by improving skills, confidence and motivation in the kitchen. Participants also learn about food related issues, such as healthy eating, budgeting and food safety.

“People often tell me that it is difficult to muster up the motivation to cook for one or two” says Kasey Bateup, Accredited Practising Dietitian from NA ACT. “There is also confusion in the community about what makes a healthy diet and that eating healthy is too expensive. Project Dinnertime – Simple Eats for Seniors will address these common misconceptions, and demonstrate that healthy eating is achievable, easy and affordable.”

NA ACT is offering a FREE public cooking demonstration during Seniors Week in March 2014 to celebrate the Project Dinnertime – Simple Eats for Seniors nutrition and food skills program. Participants will have the opportunity to taste delicious food samples and talk to Accredited Practising Dietitians from NA ACT.

What people are saying about Project Dinnertime – Simple Eats for Seniors:

“A highlight was sharing a meal with different people and learning about portion sizes – I now understand them properly!

It was very organised, practical and the food choices were so appropriate. I enjoyed trying different recipes that used all the food groups.

Everyone should have the opportunity to do this course.”

The free public cooking demonstration will take place on Tuesday 18 March, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm at the community meeting room within the Chifley Health and Wellbeing Hub. The Hub is located on corner of Maclaurin Crescent and Eggleston Crescent, Chifley, ACT 2606. Bookings are essential, contact NA ACT on 6162 2583 to secure your place.

Project Dinnertime – Simple Eats for Seniors has been supported by the ACT Government Participation (Seniors) Grants and Sponsorship Program 2013-14.

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[1] Australian Government Department of Human Services. Well For Life – Improving Nutrition and Physical Activity for Older People at Home; 2005.

Contact:

Kasey Bateup APD AN
Accredited Practising Dietitian & Nutritionist
Project Officer
Nutrition Australia ACT Inc.
Phone: 02 6162 2583
Email: kbateup@nutritionaustralia.org