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Healthy Ageing is an important area that New Zealand Nutrition Foundation works in. We contribute to this area through our Healthy Ageing programmes which consist of:
- JUST COOK for Healthy Ageing is a 4 week programme aimed at building cooking skills, confidence and motivation to cook, nutrition knowledge and addressing social isolation among older people.
- JUST COOK 4 Healthy Ageing Masterclass - one-off sessions for older people who already have basic cooking skills and looking for fresh ideas and inspiration. Our most recent Masterclass was held in November 2017 with cooking for Christmas or summer meals.
- Age Well Eat Well website offers magazine-style content on a variety of topics that contribute to staying healthy as we age. Most content focuses on food related issues but lifestyle and physical activity important to healthy ageing is also addressed.
November 2017: Christmas Masterclass
JUST COOK 4 Healthy Ageing was developed in response to research carried out by the NZNF in late 2015/ early 2016 which showed there was a community need for sustainable (cheaper) cooking and nutrition programmes outside of the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) region. The NZNF had delivered 13 Senior Chef Programmes across the Auckland region in 2016 and while they very successful, funding them was a big problem. The new programme is shorter and focuses on planning, preparing and cooking affordable meals for 1 or 2 people.
So far this year 9 JUST COOK Healthy Ageing Programmes have been completed across the wider Auckland area - 3 Orewa, 1 Milford, 1 Papakura, 1 Manurewa, 1 Te Atau South, 1 Waiuku, 1 Meadowbank with more planned for South Auckland, West Auckland and Orewa. These programmes within the Auckland region were made possible with support from Louisa and Patrick Emmett Murphy Foundation, The Ted and Mollie Carr Endowment Trust & Estate of Ernest Hyam Davis and Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) Rodney.