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Learn to cook tasty, fast and nutritious meals

Residents from Cunnamulla, Quilpie, Surat, Charleville and St George will have the opportunity to attend cooking master classes aimed at teaching healthy eating habits for the whole family.

The Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE and Queensland Health have combined resources to roll out a series of cooking classes Cook for Life, led by qualified chefs.

Cook for Life participants will be taught to prepare great tasting meals while reducing the risk of illness and disease.

Senior Public Health Nutritionist Erin Lumby 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 choices in their everyday lives for better health, " Ms Lumby said.

"Cooking also can influence taste preferences and reinforces the natural flavours of healthy and nutritious foods.  This can help wean people off the taste of processed and fast foods," she said.

During the course participants learn to prepare food, learn knife skills, food safety and hygiene, cooking with seasonal produce, food budgeting, and recipe modification.

The program specially targets those with or at risk of chronic disease, young families, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.  The two sessions cost $50, or $25 if you have a healthcare or concession card.

Places are limited, so to register your interest by contacting TAFE teacher Fiona Flanders on 07 4624 4320, or Downs Public Health on 07 4631 9817.

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This page was last updated at 08-May-2013

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