Learn to cook healthy food

EATING WELL: Cook for Life trainee Meryleen Renouf with TAFE chef Carmen Crain and classmates Lindsay Bayles, Patsy Klass and Linda McDonald.
EATING WELL: Cook for Life trainee Meryleen Renouf with TAFE chef Carmen Crain and classmates Lindsay Bayles, Patsy Klass and Linda McDonald. Contributed

QUEENSLAND Health and TAFE are rolling out cooking classes led by qualified chefs which are designed to teach participants how to prepare great-tasting meals.

This course aims to reduce the risk of illness and disease.

Cook for Life was born out of a successful diabetes cooking program held in Roma in 2010.

Qualified chefs from TAFE colleges across Queensland have helped to develop the program and are responsible for delivering the tailored workshops.

Public health nutritionist Petrina Logan said participants would be given the opportunity to learn how to prepare and cook tasty, nutritious meals for themselves and their families.

"Cook for Life incorporates key messages from the Swap It, Don't Stop It campaign, allowing participants to increase their knowledge and skills to make practical, healthier nutrition choices in their everyday lives for better health," Ms Logan said.

"There is a demonstrated association between cooking skills and improved nutrition knowledge, improved eating behaviour and increased confidence in cooking.

"Having the skills to cook, therefore, ultimately does lead to better eating habits."

The program, with a cost of $20 a person, is open to anyone interested in learning to prepare quick, easy and healthy meals.

The next class at Bundamba starts on April 16.

Places are limited, so to enrol contact the Bremer Institute of TAFE on 3817 3000.

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