New program to help cooking for one or two

For some – particularly older Australians who are accustomed to cooking for a household of several – adapting to cooking for only one or two can take training.

 

Not only do food quantities require adjustment but learning to make nutritional choices to best suit mature-aged health needs can also call for professional guidance.

 

A new program called Cooking for One or Two provides older Australians living alone or in a two-person household with the opportunity to learn cooking and dietary tips and tricks from experts.

 

Run by The Benevolent Society and funded by the NSW Government, the five-week program sees qualified health experts feature in a series of educational workshops focused on developing participants’ knowledge and skills of how to shop and cook for one or two people.

 

Recent government data suggests that Australians now enjoy one of the highest life expectancies[i]. We also know that at least one quarter of older Australians live alone and almost three-quarters are at risk of malnutrition[ii].

 

“In my experience – and in-fact as the statistics show – this program is particularly important nowadays,” said Accredited Practising Dietitian involved in The Benevolent Society’s program, Jamil Tuazon.

 

“It’ll equip participants with practical knowledge to help their health as well as budget, and the program is designed to be just as much fun as it is educational. Participants will pick-up lessons in basic cooking and nutrition for healthy-ageing and it also provides a great opportunity to make new friends,” added Jamil.

 

When it comes to cooking for one or two, Jamil’s top tips include:

  • Prepare a shopping list of the foods you need to buy before you leave home. Top three pantry items should include canned tuna, tinned tomatoes and canned beans
  • Buy canned fruits or fruits in a cup as they can last in your pantry for longer. Add fruits to yoghurt or custard for a delicious and nutritious snack
  • Count frozen and canned vegetables as your vegetable intake, and easily add them to your meals without much work needed.
  • Add extra protein to your meals by adding beans and lentils. They will not hurt your budget!
  • Always wash your hands regularly when preparing food.

 

Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies said the NSW Government will provide more than $285,000 to The Benevolent Society for the new Cooking for One or Two program.

 

“We want older people to live active and healthy lives, and the Cooking for One or Two program will support seniors to improve their physical and mental wellbeing while also providing a great opportunity to make new friends,” Mrs Davies said.

 

“The Cooking for One or Two program will support older people to prepare healthy, cost-effective meals while they create social connections in the group sessions.”

 

The weekly three-hour workshops held from 10.30am cost just $7.00 per session (or $35 for the full five weeks) charged purely to cover the costs of ingredients. Highly-interactive and inclusive of practical cooking lessons, participants cook together before enjoying their culinary creations together as a group.

 

Places are limited and bookings are essential. For more information – including booking details – see www.benevolent.org.au or call 1800-236-762.

COOKING FOR ONE OR TWO PROGRAM – By The Benevolent Society

WHERE

WK 1

WK 2

WK 3

WK 4

WK 5

LITTLE BAY 

GROUP 1

Mirrabooka Village

1409a Anzac Pde

 Little Bay NSW 2036

MON 13-Aug

MON 20-Aug

MON 27-Aug

MON 03-Sep

MON 10-Sep

LITTLE BAY 

GROUP 2

WED 15-Aug

WED 22-Aug

WED 29-Aug

WED 5-Sep

WED 12-Sep

LITTLE BAY 

GROUP 3

THU 16-Aug

THU 23-Aug

THU 30-Aug

THU 6-Sep

THU 13-Sep

BATHUST

GROUP 1

Kelso Parish & Community Centre

24 Bonnor St

 Kelso NSW 2795

TUE 18-Sep

TUE 25-Sep

TUE 02-Oct

TUE 09-Oct

TUE 16-Oct

BATHUST

GROUP 2

WED 19-Sep

WED 26-Sep

WED 03-Oct

WED 10-Oct

WED 17-Oct

BATHUST

GROUP 3

THU 20-Sep

THU 27-Sep

THU 04-Oct

THU 11-Oct

THU 18-Oct

WESTERN SYD GROUP 1

Erskine Park Community Centre

57 Peppertree Drive

Erskine Park NSW 2759

MON 29-Oct

MON 05-Nov

MON 12-Nov

MON 19-Nov

MON 26-Nov

WESTERN SYD GROUP 2

TUE 30-Oct

TUE 06-Nov

TUE 13-Nov

TUE 20-Nov

TUE 27-Nov

WESTERN SYD GROUP 3

THU 1-Nov

THU 8-Nov

THU 15-Nov

THU 22-Nov

THU 29-Nov

NEW ENGLAND GROUP 1

TBA closer to event-date

MON 7-Jan

MON 14-Jan

MON 21-Jan

MON 28-Jan

MON 4-Feb

NEW ENGLAND GROUP 2

TUE 8-Jan

TUE 15-Jan

TUE 22-Jan

TUE 29-Jan

TUE 5-Feb

NEW ENGLAND GROUP 3

WED 9-Jan

WED 16-Jan

WED 23-Jan

WED 30-Jan

WED 6-Feb

[1] aihw.gov.au/reports/older-people/older-australia-at-a-glance/contents/demographics-of-older-australians

[1][1] Data obtained via the Australian Government, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIFW) 2017 and Nutrition Australia data

27 August 2018.