Courses aimed at giving people the confidence and skills needed to prepare healthy meals are being launched by Bradford Council across the district.

Stop-eating-poisonThe New Year Cook and Eat programmes will offer people the chance to learn a range of dishes, understand about your ingredients and how to control your portion sizes.

Run over six weeks by a number of partner organisations, the two hour sessions support you to make healthy lifestyle changes with the aim of eating more fruit and vegetables and less oil, sugar and salt.

The courses in Keighley, Shipley, Bingley and across Bradford include ladies only sessions with language support, sessions for adults with mental health issues, children’s sessions and sessions for children’s and parent’s.

Alison Moore, Senior Public Health Manager for Bradford Council, said “Cooking is a skill that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Many people want to change the way they eat to be healthier but don’t know how to prepare healthy meals.

“By giving people the confidence in the kitchen; they can take control of their and their family’s meals before it becomes a health issue.

“Being overweight is linked with a higher risk of developing a range of conditions such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease, as well as mental health problems such as low mood and depression.”

Cook and Wean programmes are also taking place in several venues across the district for new parents.  The sessions are friendly and informal and participants can meet new people whilst learning new skills.

Cook and Eat programmes help people to make positive lifestyle choices to enable them and their family to eat more healthily.  This can help with sustainable weight loss and allows people to take control, stay motivated and get active.