The Queensland Country Women's Association are doing a healty eating program.Judy Stubbs and Wendy Ritchie from the CWA with some fresh fruits and vegetables.
The Queensland Country Women's Association are doing a healty eating program.Judy Stubbs and Wendy Ritchie from the CWA with some fresh fruits and vegetables. Warren Lynam

Learn how to cook country fare - take home meals you make

DO YOU ever wish you knew how to cook old-fashioned, healthy country fare - like your grandmother used to make?

Help is at hand from the Queensland Country Women's Association, who are delivering hands-on nutritional workshops from August onwards.

The QCWA has received a $2.5 million statewide grant from Queensland Health to offer local healthy eating workshops to reduce chronic diseases and obesity in our communities.

The Association has worked alongside four qualified nutritionists and dieticians to develop 'Country Kitchen' - a series of five two-hour sessions where participants will get to take home the healthy meal they prepare.

President of the Maroochydore branch and facilitator of the workshops Wendy Ritchie said the QCWA was the perfect organisation to be involved.

 

The Queensland Country Women's Association are doing a healty eating program.McKenzie Rush,8, with some fresh treats she made.
The Queensland Country Women's Association are doing a healty eating program.McKenzie Rush,8, with some fresh treats she made. Warren Lynam

"As country women we have long been known for our excellence in the kitchen, so we have a passion to make this program work," she said.

"We're trying to get more fruit and vegetables into your meals, check portion sizes, reduce sugary drinks, grow their own produce, and encourage people to sit less, move more.

"We're trying to support people in our community, to educate them towards increased fruit and vegetable consumption to try and fight obesity.

"We are passionate about improving health of our communities."

The Maroochydore branch will be offering workshops in the QCWA Hall, Memorial Ave, Maroochydore (opposite Maroochy RSL) from Tuesday, August 2, 9.30-11.30am, and then the first Tuesday of every month for five sessions thereafter.

It costs $50 for the whole five sessions, which includes an apron, bag, QCWA merchandise with nutritional information, and the meal you prepare on the day to take home with you.

The branch is encouraging leaders at local community organisations like scouts, cubs, girl guides, and high schools to get involved, to teach skills they learn back to their members.

You don't have to join QCWA to participate. If you're interested in learning more, phone Wendy on 0412 547 043 to register.


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