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5 June, 2020

Cook your health worries away

AS COVID-19 and cold weather encourages people to remain indoors, the Queensland Country Women’s Association (QCWA) has teamed up with Health and Wellbeing Queensland in challenging home cooks across the State to put their skills to the test against the QCWA’s finest.

By Hamish Hart

Community cooking…(from left) Jocelyn Stephenson, Fiona Owens, Suz Laidler, Di Swan, Rhonda Goodman, Bryanne Kerr, and Sonya Cullen showcase their cooking skills at a QCWA Country Kitchens workshop in Longreach.

The Cook at Home Challenge is the latest initiative in a series of health challenges laid down by Health and Wellbeing Queensland as a part of the Boost your Healthy campaign, a movement designed to encourage Queenslanders to remain active and healthy during the current climate.

Whether you’re into baked goods, main course masterpieces, or a simple dessert, any and all food options are open for cooking.

Health and Wellbeing Queensland CEO, Dr Robyn Littlewood, said the challenge provided the perfect opportunity for people to rediscover, or realise, their passion for cooking.

“This is the latest challenge in a whole series of healthy challenges we are laying down as part of the campaign,” Dr Littlewood said. “During Covid-19 and with the upcoming flu season, there’s no better time than now to boost your healthy eating, movement, and wellbeing.

“It’s positive to see dining-in restrictions begin to ease. However I want to encourage people to keep those wonderful, healthy, home cooking skills they’ve rediscovered during this time going.”

QCWA member and food consultant, Alison Alexander, said it was incredible to live in Queensland due to multiple regions featuring a variety of micro-climates and believes this challenge will rekindle people’s love for homemade food.

“I have always been interested in seasonal produce and I appreciate a recipe prepared with fresh ingredients at the right time of the year,” Ms Alexander said.

“With our fast-pace life temporarily suspended by Covid-19, we enjoyed the chance to cook at home and revisit cooking skills we thought we had long forgotten.”

QCWA State President, Christine King, said the QCWA was pleased to be working closely with Health and Wellbeing Queensland to create the Cook at Home Challenge.

“The QCWA, very proudly, rallies in times of crisis to help out,” Mrs King said. “Since Covid-19 travel restrictions were put in place, our Country Kitchens team has worked hard to switch how they connect with their facilitators around the State and has used social media very successfully to achieve this.

“This has included having healthy daily recipes appearing on the QCWA Country Kitchens Facebook to promote key messages of getting more fruit and veg into meals, cooking at home, sitting less, and moving more.

“We’ve also been posting activities every weekend to boost physical activity and a weekly craft activity to support good mental health.”

Registration for the Cook at Home Challenge is available at hw.qld.gov.au/bigboost/the-qcwa-cook-at-home-challenge.


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