Free program cooks up tasty ideas

Sessions education on label reading, how to create healthy meals at a low cost and more

Residents can now learn to cook tasty, healthy meals for their family in a free local program.

The six week Food Skills for Families program is hosted by the Arrowsmith Recreation Team. The program is funded by the Ministry of Health, managed by the Canadian Diabetic Society, and taught by trained community facilitator, Miranda Cockayne.

Five of the sessions will take place in the commercial kitchen in the Arrowsmith Hall on the Coombs Fairgrounds. One session is a grocery store tour to help participants learn about label reading and where to find healthy, fresh and affordable foods. Each session addresses a different topic based on the Canada Food  Guide and each participant will receive their own handbook full of cooking tips and recipes. The program will be offered Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and runs October 22- November 26.

Inexpensive packaged foods provide poor nutrition and have negative effects on the health of families. Food Skills for Families will help create healthy meals at a low cost, and participants will have fun doing it. Participants will make the meals, including some favourite dishes and savoury new discoveries featured in an easy-to-use recipe book. People will also learn how to modify recipes and cook from scratch. The program aims to bring people into a circle of supportive new friends who are ready to discover just how much fun good cooking can be.  At the end of the class participants sit down and share the fresh home-cooked meal together.

Seating is limited. For registration contact Miranda at 250-927-3558 or email


—News Staff/ Submitted by Kim Longmuir