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.

 

 

                     Man stirring ingredients in a metal bowl

 

 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 New South Wales Government, the five-week program features qualified health experts 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 Australians now enjoy one of the highest life expectancies. But at least a quarter of older Australians live alone and almost three-quarters are at risk of malnutrition.

 

“In my experience – and as statistics show – this program is particularly important,” said accredited practicing dietitian Jamil Tuazon.

 

“It will equip participants with practical knowledge to benefit their health as well as budget, and the program is designed to be as much fun as it is educational. Participants will pick up tips in basic cooking and nutrition for healthy ageing.”

 

Jamil’s top tips for cooking for one or two include:

  • Prepare a shopping list of the food you need to buy before you leave home. The top three pantry items you should include are canned tuna, tomatoes and beans.
  • Buy canned fruit or fruit in a cup as they last longer. Add fruit to yoghurt or custard for a delicious and nutritious snack.
  • Frozen and canned vegetables count as part of your daily vegetable intake and are easy to add to meals.
  • Add extra protein by incorporating beans and lentils. They won’t hurt your budget!
  • Always wash your hands regularly when preparing food.

 

Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies said the NSW Government would 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 weekly three-hour workshops will be held from 10.30am and cost $7.00 per session (or $35 for the five-week program) to cover the cost of ingredients. Participants will cook together before enjoying their culinary creations as a group.

 

Places are limited and bookings essential. For more information, including booking details and program times, visit www.benevolent.org.au or call 1800 236 762.