Most people are aware that a healthy diet is vital in order to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other common physical problems. Recent evidence also suggests that good nutrition may be just as important for our mental health and that a number of conditions, including depression, may be influenced by dietary factors.
The principle objective is to develop an understanding of healthy food choices which will enable people to make informed decisions about their dietary, nutritional needs and the importance of food hygiene. In addition the workshops will help them budget for the food they require.
There is also a social aspect to cooking which brings a group of people to discuss something they have in common, which is food. Cooking brings people together as everyone likes food and we all have our different tastes and likes which lead to discussion and people cooking trying different foods they have never tried before
DID YOU KNOW…
- Almost 50% of the total amount of food thrown away in the UK comes from our homes. We throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year in the UK, and more than half of this is food and drink we could have eaten.
- Wasting this food costs the average household £470 a year, rising to £700 for a family with children, the equivalent of around £60 a month.
WHY IS IT WASTED?
- There are two main reasons why we throw away good food: we cook or prepare too much or we don’t use it in time
- The foods we waste the most are fresh vegetables and salad, drink, fresh fruit, and bakery items such as bread and cakes
DID YOU KNOW?
- We throw away more food from our homes than packaging in the UK every year.
THE GOOD NEWS!
- Between 2007 and 2012 avoidable food waste has reduced by 21%, over 1 million tonnes…
- This amount of food would fill 23 million wheelie bins!