How to run a Nutrition Education Cooking Program

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					                  How to run a Nutrition Education & Cooking Program
The goal of this program was to increase people’s awareness and use of healthier foods. This was done through a series of
educational and fun interactive sessions with a nutritionist and a chef teaching healthy lifestyle habits. The program targeted people
at risk of poor health and was offered free of charge with weekly incentives, as well as finishing each week with a shared meal,
prepared in the cooking session. The final week of the program involved taking the group for a guided tour of the local fruit and
vegetable markets, with the purpose of increasing their confidence to access the markets and as an opportunity to establish a
sustainable food co-op.


Resources required:
   •   Nutritionist
   •   Chef
   •   Childcare worker
   •   Group room with seating
   •   Fully equipped kitchen, preferably with plenty of space for group participation
   •   Space for childcare, with appropriate activities
   •   Bus to transport group to the markets
   •   Office space and access to an internet connected computer and other sources of information to assist with the writing of the
       program material
   •   Weekly budget for purchasing grocery items and the materials required for nutrition demonstration purposes.




                        Funded by the Commonwealth Dept of Health and Ageing, Healthy Active Australia - Community and Schools Grants Program
                                               A Partnership Project of the Canterbury City Community Centre (Inc).
                                             130 Railway Parade, Lakemba 2195 P.O. Box 66, Lakemba NSW 2195
                                                  Phone: (02) 9750 9344 Fax: (02) 9740 6332 www.4cs.org.au
Promotion:
  •   Notice of the program was printed in local school’s newsletters and in the Community Centre brochure.
  •   A notice was also sent to the local newspapers for inclusion in the community notices section.
  •   Local community workers were sent information flyers to assist with promoting the program and recruiting participants.


Nutrition Sessions:
  •   The program was organised into 5 consecutive sessions of 3 hours, one day per week, with approximately half the time
      allocated to the nutrition session.
  •   The group room was set up in an informal circular arrangement to promote a relaxed atmosphere and assist group
      discussion.
  •   All class handouts were prepared in advance and ready to pass around the group as each topic was raised.
  •   Additionally, demonstration resources were on hand.


Cooking Sessions:
  •   The cooking sessions followed the nutrition sessions each week, occupying the remainder of the time – approximately 1 ½
      hours.
  •   Group participants were encouraged to be involved in some aspect of the food preparation, as directed by the chef.
  •   Adequate disposable gloves, chopping boards and knives were laid out each week in readiness.
  •   Following the cooking session participants were encouraged to be involved in the kitchen clean-up.




                      Funded by the Commonwealth Dept of Health and Ageing, Healthy Active Australia - Community and Schools Grants Program
                                             A Partnership Project of the Canterbury City Community Centre (Inc).
                                           130 Railway Parade, Lakemba 2195 P.O. Box 66, Lakemba NSW 2195
                                                Phone: (02) 9750 9344 Fax: (02) 9740 6332 www.4cs.org.au
The following is an outline of the program, including the weekly topics, participant handouts and cooking topics. The program can
be adapted to suit a particular group if required.



  Week                               Nutrition Session                                                 Handouts                          Cooking Class

    1      •   Welcome & introductions                                                        •    Display folder                 • Introduction
           •   Ice-breakers                                                                   •    Program overview               • Food safety and
                                                                                                                                    hygiene
           •   Morning tea                                                                    •    Pedometer & diary
                                                                                                                                  • Cooking for good health
           •   Program overview                                                               •    Cooking
                                                                                                   ingredients
           •   Healthy diet & lifestyle quiz
           •   Pedometer
                      – Information
                      – challenge




  Week                               Nutrition Session                                                 Handouts                          Cooking Class

    2      Carbohydrates                                                                      •    Food for Health                • Cooking with seasonal
                                                                                                   booklet                          foods
               •   main function, good sources
                                                                                              •    Class notes


                        Funded by the Commonwealth Dept of Health and Ageing, Healthy Active Australia - Community and Schools Grants Program
                                               A Partnership Project of the Canterbury City Community Centre (Inc).
                                             130 Railway Parade, Lakemba 2195 P.O. Box 66, Lakemba NSW 2195
                                                  Phone: (02) 9750 9344 Fax: (02) 9740 6332 www.4cs.org.au
                                                                                 •    Cooking
       looking at bread varieties – white/wholemeal/grain
                                                                                      ingredients
     looking at breakfast cereals – coco-pops/nutri-
grain/conrnflakes/weet-bix/oats

    looking at bowl sizes to demonstrate serving size
Fibre

       looking at fibre in selected foods - chart
•   RDI
Proteins
•   main function, good sources
•   RDI and recommended serving sizes

    legumes, nuts, seeds taste test
Fats
•   functions
•   good fats/bad fats
•   RDI and recommended serving sizes

       looking at milk – full cream/trim/lite – taste test




           Funded by the Commonwealth Dept of Health and Ageing, Healthy Active Australia - Community and Schools Grants Program
                                  A Partnership Project of the Canterbury City Community Centre (Inc).
                                130 Railway Parade, Lakemba 2195 P.O. Box 66, Lakemba NSW 2195
                                     Phone: (02) 9750 9344 Fax: (02) 9740 6332 www.4cs.org.au
Week                              Nutrition Session                                                 Handouts                           Cooking Class

 3     •   Review week 2                                                                   •    Class notes                    •   Healthier ways to cook
                                                                                                                                   traditional foods
       •   Group discussion re: use of cooking ingredients                                 •    Laminated “Menu
                                                                                                planner”
       •   Understanding Energy
                                                                                           •    Cooking
       •   Salt & Health
                                                                                                ingredients
       •   Recommended daily servings of the 5 food groups
       •   Reading food labels

                 -        looking at cereal boxes, bread, crackers,
                      baked beans, tuna, muesli bars, poor choices
                 -    salt
                 -    sugar
                 -    fat
                 -    comparison of low-fat to full-fat products




                     Funded by the Commonwealth Dept of Health and Ageing, Healthy Active Australia - Community and Schools Grants Program
                                            A Partnership Project of the Canterbury City Community Centre (Inc).
                                          130 Railway Parade, Lakemba 2195 P.O. Box 66, Lakemba NSW 2195
                                               Phone: (02) 9750 9344 Fax: (02) 9740 6332 www.4cs.org.au
Week                              Nutrition Session                                                 Handouts                           Cooking Class

 4         Review week 3                                                                   •    Class notes                    •   Cooking well on a
                                                                                                                                   budget
       •   Practical tips                                                                  •    The real cost of
                                                                                                healthy food                   •   Easy recipes to make
                 -    eating out –     looking at jars of oil levels in                                                            with kids
                                                                                           •    Cooking
                      selected foods to demonstrate healthier
                                                                                                ingredients
                      options
                 -    taking a plate (culturally appropriate)
                 -    healthy children
                 -    snacks
           •   Menu planning
                 -    sample sheet incl. meals, snacks
                 -    dinner planning




                     Funded by the Commonwealth Dept of Health and Ageing, Healthy Active Australia - Community and Schools Grants Program
                                            A Partnership Project of the Canterbury City Community Centre (Inc).
                                          130 Railway Parade, Lakemba 2195 P.O. Box 66, Lakemba NSW 2195
                                               Phone: (02) 9750 9344 Fax: (02) 9740 6332 www.4cs.org.au
Week                              Nutrition Session                                                 Handouts                          Cooking Class

 5     •   Review week 4                                                                   •    Class notes                    •   Cooking lunch to
                                                                                                                                   share
       •   Physical activity                                                               •    Graduation
                                                                                                certificates
                 -    benefits
                 -    tips for increasing                                                  •    Cooking
                                                                                                ingredients
       •   Healthy weight loss
                                                                                           •    Invitation to
       •   Eating regular meals (emphasis on risk reduction for                                 “Market Tour”
           diabetes)
       •   Repeat healthy diet & lifestyle quiz
                 -    group review
       •   Evaluation
       •   Graduation
       •   Pedometer prize to participant with highest number of
           steps
       •   Lunch
       •   Market tour announcement




                     Funded by the Commonwealth Dept of Health and Ageing, Healthy Active Australia - Community and Schools Grants Program
                                            A Partnership Project of the Canterbury City Community Centre (Inc).
                                          130 Railway Parade, Lakemba 2195 P.O. Box 66, Lakemba NSW 2195
                                               Phone: (02) 9750 9344 Fax: (02) 9740 6332 www.4cs.org.au
Week                            Nutrition Session                                                 Handouts                          Cooking Class

 6     •   Market tour with chef


 7     •   Food co-op to begin




                   Funded by the Commonwealth Dept of Health and Ageing, Healthy Active Australia - Community and Schools Grants Program
                                          A Partnership Project of the Canterbury City Community Centre (Inc).
                                        130 Railway Parade, Lakemba 2195 P.O. Box 66, Lakemba NSW 2195
                                             Phone: (02) 9750 9344 Fax: (02) 9740 6332 www.4cs.org.au