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CREATING MEAL APPEAL

- Hands-On Cooking Information Session Can Help Older Adults Enjoy Healthy Eating…Even for One or Two -

(BETHANY) – ‘Family meal’ may not mean what it once did, especially for older adults in City of Kawartha Lakes.

Where people once prepared meals for a roomful of family members and relatives, now as an older adult, they may just cook food for themselves and one other. According to a local health promoter, it can be hard to get motivated to regularly cook a nutritious meal for just yourself or one or two other people. For some older adults who have lost a partner, cooking and preparing healthy food can also be a challenge, she adds.

“Whether it is lack of motivation, a lack of skills, or difficulty ‘downsizing’ recipes, healthy eating can become more difficult as you get older,” says Doreen Boville, a Health Promoter with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit.

The Health Unit and the City of Kawartha Lakes Age-Friendly committee, in partnership with the Bethany Public Library, want to remedy the problem. They are offering the following free event in Bethany:

What: ‘Cooking for One or Two’ Workshop

  • The session is led by Sharon Woodhouse, a Public Health Food Worker with the HKPR District Health Unit. Participants will learn cooking tips and have a hands-on opportunity to develop food preparation skills.

When: Tuesday, September 24, 2 pm to 4 pm

Where: Bethany United Church (3 George Street) in Bethany

The event is free of charge, but registration is required. To reserve a spot, call the Health Unit at (705) 324-3569, ext. 231.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Doreen Boville, Health Promoter, HKPR District Health Unit, (705) 324-3569.

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