By David F. Rooney
Community Connections is cooking up a special program to teach people how to throw together healthy meals from start to finish.
“This is aimed at anyone who wants to learn healthy cooking skills,” says Patti Larson, who is coordinating the six-session Food Skills for Families program, which starts on March 5.
She said the program, initiated by the Canadian Diabetes Association, is being offered all over the province. The local sessions will involve about six people and will be taught by Sandra Dryden in the fully equipped kitchen that Community Connections maintains in its basement.
The program could have been offered in the Community Centre’s kitchen, but Patti said she wanted participants to learn in a a kitchen that looks and feels like the kitchen you’d find in any residential kitchen. The Community Centre’s facility looks like what it is: a large institutional-style kitchen.
The Diabetes Association is providing all of the food and participants will also go on a field trip to Cooper’s where they’ll also learn how to read food product labels to determine which ones are healthy and which ones aren’t.
“There will also be lots of great handouts,” Patti said. “Everyone will get a copy of the Diabetes Association’s Food Skills for Families books, which contains great tips and menu suggestions.
“I think its a good program for everyone. Unfortunately, we can’t provide child care. However, mums are welcome to bring their children.”
To learn more about this innovative program please call Patti Larson at 250-837-2920 (extension 28) or click here to visit the Food Skills for Families page on the Community Connection’s website.