Port community fund project boosts healthy eating in Dover

Contributed by editor on Feb 11, 2019 - 12:10 PM


A project designed to get local families eating healthily and keeping active has received a £7,000 grant from the Port of Dover Community Fund.

The ‘Smart Families Get Healthy Together’ project will support 35 families on low incomes over a one-year period to plan and create healthy meals on a tight budget.

Families will cook together and then take home healthy meals to share. As part of what is designed to be a fun and interactive course, a trained support worker will also run Activkids sessions to inspire families to become more physically active.

One parent said: “This is a great chance to come and do an activity together – it helps me bond with my son."

Another mum said: "My child is usually a fussy eater, but she loves cooking here and eating with the other families. She has tried foods that she wouldn't usually eat at home."

The project is part of the Bechange initiative, which supports disadvantaged adults, families and young people in making lasting changes to reach more positive futures.

Angela Doggett, Chief Executive, Bechange Community Hub, said: “We would like to say a big thank you to the Port of Dover Community Fund for this award. It is enabling us to provide activities to families that helps them think about being healthy in a fun, practical and innovative way. The children love to cook with their parents, try new foods and they really enjoy the interactive games and exercises which get them moving around. They build up an appetite then all sit down and eat together."

Jenny Beacon, Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Port of Dover, said: “On my visit to the project it was lovely to see families together taking part in fun games and exercise, cooking in the kitchen and learning about healthy food and nutrition. The children were really enthusiastic about cooking and what ingredients to use and proud of their dishes at the end of the session. I’m delighted that the Port of Dover Community Fund was able to help in this way.”

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