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New Confidence to Cook sessions introduced at Boyndie Visitor Centre

By Kyle Ritchie

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New cooking sessions have been introduced at the Boyndie Visitor Centre.

Confidence to Cook is a NHS package and involves training partners who work within the community to be able to deliver cooking classes.

In addition to developing cooking skills, it also teaches participants about key healthy eating messages, how to read food labels and cooking on a budget.

New cooking sessions have been introduced at Boyndie Visitor Centre.
New cooking sessions have been introduced at Boyndie Visitor Centre.

The classes can also be adapted to suit particular audiences, such as young children.

Area public health co-ordinator Hazel Long said: “A recent consultation, examining work streams focusing on Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) in Aberdeenshire found that there was a need to develop projects focusing on the early years.

“This is very much aligned with national ambitions around child healthy weight.

“At the same time Boyndie Visitor Centre was in the process of developing a kitchen space at its site.

“The NHS North Public Health team has worked in partnership with Boyndie Visitor Centre to get two members of staff trained to deliver cooking classes as well as equipping the kitchen with all the materials required.

“Staff at the centre, alongside the North Public Health team, welcomed children, parents and members of staff from Portsoy Nursery.

“The children made pizzas, using a wide range of additional fruit and vegetables including onion, tomato, sweetcorn, mushrooms and pineapple.

“New things they learned included how to make pizza, why you need to wear gloves when cooking and ways to try new foods.

“We look forward to further developments at the Boyndie kitchen site, with our next visitors coming from Whitehills Nursery.

“Over time we plan to utilise this excellent resource to be able to offer cooking classes and healthy eating sessions to more parents and children in the area.

“Child health is a national priority and giving children and parents the skills and knowledge to be able to eat a healthy diet is at the core of this.

“This is particularly relevant at the present time, when the cost of food is a struggle for many families.”

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