Mind Over Food

Mind Over Food

An interactive cooking group teaching the basics of cooking meals from raw ingredients.

Aim

The aim of this project was to increase people’s confidence in cooking a healthy meal from scratch, and introducing people to healthy eating and the joy of cooking.

We worked with Clayton Sure Start who had a group of new parents who were interested in improving their diet and cooking skills. We also worked with the Good Food Bag CIC who provided 20 food kits containing the necessary ingredients to cook two healthy meals. A local resident with an interest in health ran the cooking course.

Location

Clayton

Benefits of Cooking

Research shows that eating home cooked meals is associated with a healthier diet and particularly an increased fruit and vegetable intake. Cooking interventions have a positive impact on participants’ knowledge and skills, attitudes, food-related preferences and behaviour; this applies to children and adults alike. People from vulnerable, low-socioeconomic backgrounds particularly benefit from cooking skill interventions.

Benefits of learning a new skill

Keep learning is one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing, five evidence-based actions which can improve personal wellbeing. Adults engaged in lifelong learning are more likely to be healthier, have better mental health and be more social connected. They are also more likely to participate in the community and decisions concerning the community. Learning new skills increases individuals’ employability, supporting the economic growth of the community. Adults involved in learning are more likely to be involved in their children’s education, helping them learn and raise attainment.

Evaluation

20 residents attended the online course and really enjoyed the sessions. The feedback was positive and as a consequence, similar projects have since been held at Clayton Sure Start.

Project Team

buzz Manchester Health & Wellbeing Service

Clayton Sure Start

Good Food Bag CIC

Strategic links to local/national policies (Cooking)

Benefit

Policy

Helping people live healthier lives

Healthy Lives, Healthy People (MH Government, 2010)

Fair Society, Healthy Lives (Institute of Health Equity, 2010)

The Manchester Locality Plan – A Healthier Manchester

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Manchester Prevention Programme

Empowerment/self-efficacy

Healthy Lives, Healthy People (MH Government, 2010)

Fair Society, Healthy Lives (Institute of Health Equity, 2010)

Taking Charge of our Health and Social Care in Greater Manchester (GMCA, 2015)

Addressing health inequalities

Fair Society, Healthy Lives (Institute of Health Equity, 2010)

Giving children and young people the best start in life

Taking Charge of our Health and Social Care in Greater Manchester (GMCA, 2015)

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Research/evidence base

Garcia, A.L., Reardon, R., McDonald, M., Vargas-Garcia, E. J. (2016) Community Interventions to Improve Cooking Skills and Their Effects on Confidence and Eating Behaviour. Current Nutrition Reports. 5, 315–322

Hasan, B., Thompson, W.G., Almasri, J. et al. (2019) The effect of culinary interventions (cooking classes) on dietary intake and behavioral change: a systematic review and evidence map. BMC Nutrition. 5, 29.

Hersch D, Perdue L, Ambroz T, Boucher JL. (2014) The impact of cooking classes on food-related preferences, attitudes, and behaviors of school-aged children: a systematic review of the evidence, 2003-2014. Preventing Chronic Disease. 11:E193.

Mills, S., Brown, H., Wrieden, W., White, M., Adams, J. (2017) Frequency of eating home cooked meals and potential benefits for diet and health: cross-sectional analysis of a population-based cohort study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 14, 109.

Mills, S., White, M., Brown, H., Wrieden, W., Kwasnicka, D., Halligan, J., Robalino, S. Adams, J. (2017)

Health and social determinants and outcomes of home cooking: A systematic review of observational studies. Appetite. 111:116-134.

Strategic links to local/national policies (learning a new skill)

Benefit

Policy

Helping people live healthier lives

Healthy Lives, Healthy People (MH Government, 2010)

The Manchester Locality Plan – A Healthier Manchester

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Manchester Prevention Programme

Increased mental wellbeing

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Greater Manchester Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Increasing community involvement

Healthy Lives, Healthy People (MH Government, 2010)

Manchester Prevention Programme

Socially connected communities

Manchester Population Health Plan

Employability

NHS Five Year Forward View (Department of Health, 2014)

Taking Charge of our Health and Social Care in Greater Manchester (GMCA, 2015)

Our Manchester Strategy

Giving children the best start in life

Taking Charge of our Health and Social Care in Greater Manchester (GMCA, 2015)

Greater Manchester Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy


Research/evidence base

Duckworth, K. and Cara, O. (2012) The Relationship between Adult Learning and Wellbeing:

Evidence from the 1958 National Child Development Study.

Feinstein, L., Budge, D., Vorhaus, J. and Duckworth, K. (2008). The social and personal benefits

of learning: A summary of key research findings

Foresight, Government Office for Science (2017) - What are the wider benefits of learning across the life course?

New Economics Foundation (2008) – Five ways to wellbeing

NIACE (2011) - Social value of adult learning for community empowerment.

Contact

Matt Brown - Neighbourhood Health Worker

Tel. 0161 271 0564

Matthew.Brown@gmmh.nhs.uk


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