Jamie’s Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen is set to visit Mount Isa for the first time, its 19th location since it commenced its travels around Queensland in 2012. Following huge success in previous locations, including most recently Newport, the Mobile Kitchen will be in location and teaching basic cooking skills from 31st March 2017 to 13th June 2017. Supported by the Queensland Government, Department of Health, the Kitchen classroom on wheels will be in Mount Isa for ten weeks, located at The Rodeo Forecourt, Buchanan Park, George St, Mount Isa. Bookings are open now via the website.

Local residents will have the opportunity to access and participate in an innovative, community based cooking program built on Jamie’s beliefs about cooking and the associated impact on healthy living. The basic home cooking course will deliver hands-on cooking classes led by a team of dedicated Food Trainers and local volunteers and covers information on ingredients, shopping, budgeting, meal planning and food preparation for basic cooking

Jamie’s Ministry of Food is a practical solution to the problems associated with diet-related disease. The community-focused program aims to inspire people to get back to basics in the kitchen. It’s about teaching people to start cooking for themselves and equipping them with some simple skills and knowledge to do so. The program inspires and empowers change in the way they and their families eat, and how they think about food.

Two cycles of the five week course will be run in Mount Isa. Each course is comprised of one 90 minute class held at the same time each week with a maximum of twelve participants in each class. The course is open to people aged 12 years and over, who want to learn the basics of cooking with fresh food in a fun environment.

In Queensland, 26% of children and 64% of adults are now overweight or obese and this remains a key challenge for the State.More than one-third of the daily energy intake of Queenslanders is derived from energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods such as sugary drinks, snack foods and confectionery, which is costing the average consumer over half their food spending.[1]

Health and Ambulance Services Minister Cameron Dick said supporting important programs like Jamie’s Ministry of Food was just one way the Palaszczuk Government was working to help Queenslanders become the healthiest people in the world.

“Setting out to achieve a healthier lifestyle doesn’t need to be hard or expensive. Cooking healthy meals at home is a great place to start which is what participants learn in this program,” Mr Dick said.

“It also teaches important skills like the best way to grocery shop and menu plan. Our own Healthier. Happier. campaign also encourages Queenslanders to do simple things like these every day so they become habit.”

Mount Isa Mayor Joyce McCulloch said she was delighted for Council to sponsor the program, along with Mount Isa Mines and Gidgee Healing, and said the classes would provide a unique opportunity for Mount Isa residents to get involved in an innovative project that teaches the principles of healthy eating, while learning new cooking skills.

“It is exciting to have Jamie’s Ministry of Food program coming to Mount Isa. Our residents have a love of good food, and learning new skills in such an innovative way will be a wonderful opportunity for this community,” Cr McCulloch said.

Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia has been proven to work. A comprehensive 3.5 year evaluation funded by Queensland Health and conducted by Deakin University and University of Melbourne showed that participants who complete the cooking course purchased and consumed more vegetables, were more confident in cooking meals from scratch and spent less on take away foods.

The cooking program includes Jamie’s hints, tips and shortcuts for preparing healthy food from scratch using fresh ingredients which is of particular importance with less than 7% of Queenslanders eating the recommended daily serve of vegetables[2].

“Jamie’s Ministry of Food is a fun and engaging program that fosters a sense of community and social connectedness. The program achieves measurable health and wellbeing outcomes for participants and The Good Foundation is thrilled to be bringing this incredible program to the people of Mount Isa,” said Felicia Mariani, CEO, Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia & The Good Foundation.

How long is the course? One 90 minute class per week for five weeks

How much does it cost? Classes cost $20 per session, $15 for student card holders and $10 for concession.

When do bookings open? Bookings are open now via www.jamiesministryoffood.com

Who do I contact to become a volunteer? E-mail volunteer@thegoodfoundation.com.au

The Good Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation which has partnered with Jamie Oliver and Fresh Food partner, Woolworths to deliver Jamie’s Ministry of Food throughout Australia. Queensland Health has committed funding to The Good Foundation to support the delivery of the program in Queensland. Stockland is a local partner of Jamie’s Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen program in Queensland. The Good Guys, founding partner of Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia, is proud to support the program which is helping to build healthier and happier communities. Additionally, the program is supported locally by Mount Isa City Council, Mount Isa Mines, Gidgee Healing, Mount Isa Entertainment and Tourism Venues.

For Jamie’s Ministry of Food media enquiries please contact:

Camilla Speirs m: 0409 359 339 e: camillaspeirs@thegoodfoundation.com.au

For Queensland Health media enquiries please contact:

p: (07) 3234 1439 e: news@health.qld.gov.au

[1] Queensland Health The Health of Queenslanders 2016: Sixth Report of the Chief Health Officer Queensland, Queensland Government (2014) at 72

[2] Queensland Health The Health of Queenslanders 2016: Sixth Report of the Chief Health Officer Queensland, Queensland Government (2014) at 66