Jamie’s Ministry of Food West Australian mobile kitchen is heading back to Bunbury. After great success during the first visit, the kitchen classroom on wheels will be based in Bunbury for seven weeks from Monday 7th August 2017.

The program is delivered by The Good Foundation and supported by Edith Cowan University as part of a three year partnership which provides funding to support the delivery of the program throughout Western Australia.

An innovative, community based cooking program, based on Jamie’s beliefs about cooking and the associated impact on healthy living, the program teaches Jamie’s hints, tips and basic home cooking skills in an effort to encourage people to cook from scratch with fresh food. This is of particular importance given that about one-quarter of all deaths in Australia are the result of diet related disease and one in four people in Australia are currently overweight or obese.

Research shows that only 1 in 10 of Western Australian residents eat the recommended daily serves of fruit and vegetables and two-thirds of WA adults are now overweight or obese.

The visit to ECU’s Bunbury campus is most relevant in view of new research announced at the Dietitians Association of Australia conference this month which showed that a massive 93 per cent of university students do not eat the necessary serves of fruit and vegetable[1] that will support them to study effectively. Young adults face many challenges and young adulthood is a key time to cement healthy eating habits, which set them up for a healthier life.

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

Felicia Mariani, CEO The Good Foundation and Jamie’s Ministry of Food says of the program, “We know our program works and importantly, is a fun and engaging program that fosters a sense of community and social connectedness. We’re delighted to be back in Bunbury where we can continue to spread the word of Jamie’s Ministry of Food to more West Australians.”

Jamie’s Ministry of Food achieves measurable health and wellbeing outcomes for participants by inspiring and empowering them to change in the way they and their families eat, and how they think about food.

ECU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships) Professor Cobie Rudd said, “The Ministry of Food program was really embraced by the local community during its first visit to Bunbury last year. ECU is again looking forward to helping bring a range of benefits to the city, including prevention of chronic disease through healthier eating as well as developing social connections and social inclusion that builds individuals’ confidence and, in turn, strengthens communities.”

While in Bunbury, Jamie’s Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen will deliver hands-on basic cooking classes led by a team of dedicated Food Trainers who will be supported by local volunteers. The course is open to people aged 12 years and over, looking to learn the basics of cooking while having some fun in the kitchen learning Jamie’s hints, tips and shortcuts.

Where is the Mobile Kitchen located? ECU Bunbury Campus, south end of Carpark 5, 585 Robertson Dr, College Grove.

When do classes begin? Monday 7th August 2017

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

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

When do bookings open? Now via www.jamiesministryoffood.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. 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.

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

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

[1] https://daa.asn.au/voice-of-daa/media-releases/