Project to cook up a storm in new year

Ann Doherty, Hearty Lives Carrickfergus co-ordinator and Colin Bell, Environmental Health Officer (centre) alongside participants of the Cook-It! programme.  INCT 51-720-CON
Ann Doherty, Hearty Lives Carrickfergus co-ordinator and Colin Bell, Environmental Health Officer (centre) alongside participants of the Cook-It! programme. INCT 51-720-CON

A cookery programme promoting healthy eating is to return to Carrick borough next year following the success of an earlier course.

Hearty Lives Carrickfergus cooked up a storm when it delivered its first Cook it! initiative as part of a partnership with the Carrickfergus Food Forum.

Due to the popularity of the scheme, which concluded last month, Carrickfergus Borough Council has announced plans to run a second course in the new year.

Hearty Lives Carrick co-ordinator Ann Doherty said: “This course has provided participants with a wonderful opportunity to come out and make new friends while developing their cooking skills and trying out new recipes.

“We are extremely grateful to the Public Health Agency (PHA) who funded this project as part of their work to address poverty within the Mid and East Antrim and Causeway Coast and Glens councils.”

Praising the enthusiasm of the Cook it! participants was Colin Bell, Environmental Health Officer with the local authority. “Feedback has shown that participants have left the course with an increased confidence in their cooking skills and new-found knowledge around healthy eating, which I know that they will be keen to share with friends and family. We already have quite a waiting list for a further course which we intend to run in the new year,” he said.

Hearty Lives Carrickfergus is a partnership programme between the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Northern Ireland, Carrick Council, the Northern Health and Social Care Trust and the PHA. It works to develop new and more effective ways of tackling the issues of obesity and heart health.