Local growing and cooking initiative helps families to eat better in Bath

During the summer holidays the Health Improvement Team from Virgin Care held a free six week course of Grow it Cook it sessions at Bath City Farm. The sessions were aimed at young families to help them learn to grow and cook easy family friendly food outdoors. Activities included planting and harvesting a range of vegetables on the farm allotment including the “pizza patch”.

Kilda Meadows, Youth and Families Co-ordinator at Bath City Farm led the growing sessions whilst Kimberley Tyler and Jo Spinney, Health Improvement Practitioners, from Virgin Care facilitated the cooking.

Families were supported to cook some healthy, tasty recipes using fresh produce from the farm including omelettes using eggs collected by the children from the farm chickens. The group also had fun making and tasting cheesy chive dip and pitta bread pizzas as well as well as fruit kebabs. The families completing the course received a certificate and a book of the recipes used on the course to enable them to try the recipes at home.

The parents and children also enjoyed picking strawberries and visiting the farm animals after the sessions including Catkin, the youngest member of the goat family at Bath City Farm.

Are you interested in improving you and your family’s lifestyle to become healthier? The Virgin Care Heath Improvement team offer a wide range of other FREE services including Cook it courses, Healthy parenting for families (HENRY) as well as weight management programmes, support to stop smoking, get more physically active and improve your mental wellbeing. Call the Hub on 01225 831852 for more information.

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