A family food program is bringing together family cooks who want to learn more about heathy eating on any budget.
The “Cooking on a Smart Budget” is a food skills for families program developed by the Canadian Diabetes Association, according to the program facilitator Donna Attewell.
“They are the primary push behind the program. They provide the food and the books,” Attewell said.
Another group helping fund the program is the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL)
The program combines discussions about things like primary food groups and mindful eating, while also giving participants the chance to cook.
“It is to help you understand what you really need in a meal to make it healthy and not to have too much sugar and fat in your diet. We have talked about how food can be like medicine, especially from a diabetic stand point. It is about how to have a good meal from any stand point,” she said.
It is also about making people aware and pay attention to what they eat.
“From a new generation, where both parents are working makes it even more difficult. I think when people stop buying so much processed or fast food they will notice they have more energy and feel better,”she said.
The program has child minding which allows the participants to bring their children to the event and have them looked after until it is time to try out the food.
“They (the children) are here for the three hours and then they come up to eat with us,” Attewell said. “It is one of our pilot rejects which is free to our participants. We are hoping to offer more programs in the future with many different aspects of cooking.”
An extra side benefit of the program has been the social nature of the participants’ interaction.
“I actually think it is good for that because it is intergenerational and helps build friendship. People are comfortable talking about saving money and eating good food.”