Shellharbour City Council and Healthy Cities Illawarra recently partnered to run a social inclusion cooking program for Shellharbour residents over the age of 50. During the first six-weeks of the program participants gained nutritional skills and knowledge through an educational component as well as learning to cook a new recipe each week that was then shared socially. The Cook Chill Chat program focussed on connecting with others, improving the health and wellbeing of participants and understanding more about what we should eat.
When asked participants indicated that they have gained a great deal from being part of the group thus far such as friendship, new life experiences, interesting conversations and knowledge about healthy eating, food storage and how to reduce waste.
The group has embraced the ongoing Cook Chill Chat element with a bi-weekly catch up, alternating cooking sessions with other community activities, including visiting the library, a local farm and the nursery and attending waste and environmental workshops.
Cook Chill Chat food waste challenge was a great success! Thanks EPA Love Food Hate Waste NSW for the awesome reward tea towels!!