Tomaree Neighbourhood Centre Cooking class

Charlee Hall, Helen Dykes, Cody Hall, Megan Bailey and Imogen Seale. By Keith Dykes
Charlee Hall, Helen Dykes, Cody Hall, Megan Bailey and Imogen Seale. By Keith Dykes

LOCAL children spent time during the school holidays learning all about nutrition and how to cook healthy food.

Tomaree Neighbourhood Centre (TNC), situated in Tomaree Library and Community Centre at Salamander Bay, hosted the second of its two-part healthy eating programme.

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Organised by TNC volunteer Helen Dykes, the programme was designed to tackle the ever increasing problem of childhood obesity.

The first workshop held in late 2016 targeted parents, providing nutritional information and how to make healthy but child-friendly meals.

Parents were presented with a ‘Healthy Recipes for Children’ booklet at the end of the session.

The second part, attended by ten local youngsters, was aimed at the children themselves with expert advice from dieticians.

Laura Turner, dietician from Wavelengths Allied Health, spoke to the children regarding nutrition, followed by a practical cooking session.

Eight different recipes were prepared and cooked, with the children then able to sample them all and take some home in a doggy bag.

Tomaree Neighbourhood Centre Co-ordinator, Amy Ellis, told News Of The Area, “The program was very successful and we are looking at running other similar programs later in the year.”

Local dieticians Laura Turner of Wavelengths and Mel Massey from Shoal Bay Medical Centre oversaw the recipe book and the program’s nutritional content.

One of the children, Megan Bailey, said after the workshop, “It wasn’t just cooking, it was fun.”
Tomaree Neighbourhood Centre is open Monday to Friday, 10-3pm.

It provides a range of community services, including acting as an information hub, provider of crisis loans, Justice of the Peace service, Broadband for Seniors and a Friendship Group.

The centre staff can be contacted on 4984 6220.

By Sarah STOKES

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