Health Champions Launch Chichester ‘Cooking for Health’ Sessions To Combat Diabetes

Social enterprise company Health Champions is launching free ‘Cooking for Health’ courses in the Chichester area in the New Year in an effort to halt rising levels of diabetes and obesity.

The courses, funded by Chichester Wellbeing, kick off on January 12 with two sessions at 10.30am-12.30 or 12.30-2.30pm at Selsey Town Council, High Street, Selsey, with further courses starting on January 23 at Swanfield Community Centre, Swanfield Drive, Chichester, either at 10.30am – 12.30 or from 1 to 3pm.

The sessions are aimed at preventing people developing diabetes and other weight-related conditions, through eating healthily and cutting down on portion size. Overseen by registered dietitian and Health Champions director Denise Kennedy, they will focus on making everyday meals healthier, as well as being low-cost and quick to prepare.
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Denise Kennedy said: “As levels of diabetes and other weight-related diseases continue to rise, it’s more important than ever to eat and cook healthily. We teach people how to make changes which will help the whole family to be healthier in the longer term. Often people don’t realise where the calories are in their diet so we help them to identify areas which they can address.”

Past ‘Cooking with Confidence’ course participant Stacey Hardman, from Nutbourne, said: “I came on the course with my sister. We both wanted to learn how to cook better and we both needed to lose weight. The course leader showed us how to put meals together that are good value and easy to prepare. I am now much more aware of what I am buying and I am definitely cooking more at home.”

Included in the course are free ingredients, as well as tasty recipes, with course participants cooking and eating the meals together at each session.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
• Use a range of cookery skills to prepare healthier meals
• Have improved confidence in the kitchen
• Make healthy meals on a budget
• Create appropriate correct portion sized meals
• Adapt traditional recipes to make them healthier

Diabetes is an ever-increasing problem, and in Sussex, obesity and diabetes rates have steadily risen. Data from National Child Measurement Programme out earlier this month shows that 29.5% of children in Year 6 are overweight, a rise on the year before.

A full list of the courses is on our website or for more details call Health Champions on 01444 318649.