The Healthy Food Made Easy (HFME) Programme is a basic nutrition and cookery course that helps people to change to a healthy diet, plan meals on a budget and make easy to cook meals. The course content is based on the most up-to-date healthy eating guidelines from the Department of Health. It is a peer-led 6 week programme, the aim of which is to improve nutrition knowledge, attitudes and behaviour of people within our community. Each session includes nutrition theory and a practical cookery element. The emphasis throughout the programme is on group learning rather than formal teaching.
How long does course run for?
The course runs for 6 weeks and each session lasts approximately 2 1/2 hours.
How will the course benefit me?
You would enjoy this course and find it very useful and fun if you:
- Are planning meals on a budget
- Want to learn how to make easy-to-cook meals
- Would like to change to a healthy diet
- Would like to interact with other adults over delicious food.
Where does class take place?
Classes will be on in parents room upstairs
Can I bring a friend?
Yes you can bring friends if you wish.
Is there a charge?
There is a once off registration fee of €5 per participant and all materials and ingredients are provided.
Are there minimum numbers required?
We need 12 parents/friends over the age of 16 to participate if classes are to go ahead.
What day / time will classes be on?
This is not yet confirmed, we will see what day / time suits the majority of people who are interested in course.
How do I sign up?
Please fill in the form below.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN ON HFME
The course covers nutritional information, with lots of healthy tips and ideas. Each session also includes a hands on practical cookery element. The emphasis throughout the programme is on group learning rather than formal learning and all courses are facilitated by peer leaders, enrolled from our local communities and trained to deliver the HFME programme.
Week by week
1. Building a food pyramid – what it is all about and how to use it as an easy guide to healthy eating. Food portions, food groups and food facts are all explored.
2. The fibre providers – learn why fibre is important and how to easily increase it in your everyday life. Understanding food labels.
3. Focus on fats – learn how to recognise how much fat is in your food, how to make ordinary meals into lower fat options.
4. Food for life – how to manage the different challenges and nutritional needs at various stages in your life. Whether you are living alone, cooking for one, or dealing with fussy eaters.
5. Shop smart – learning what influences our food choices in our daily lives and planning to make healthier, cheaper choices. Community dietitian visits course to answer any queries.
6. The road ahead – the cycle of change how to make it work for you. Bringing it home.
The emphasis throughout this programme is on group learning rather than formal teaching. Methods used include group discussion, work-sheets and handouts, quizzes, understanding food labels, problem-solving games, as well as participation in preparing, cooking and tasting foods.
Participants who attend 5 out of 6 sessions will receive a certificate of completion and a cookery book in week 6.
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