Project helps older people in Tamworth to eat more healthily

Saturday, 20th December 2014

AN ongoing project which gives help and advice to older people on how to eat healthily has been running successfully in Tamworth – thanks to a grant of £2,000 from Healthy Tamworth.

The grant has enabled the charity Age UK South Staffordshire to run the Eat Well Staffordshire project into Tamworth, where it has helped more than 70 older residents.

Eat Well Staffordshire is an Age UK South Staffordshire project which provides nutritional assessments, diet advice, social support and wider awareness of all aspects of nutritional and diet choices for a range of household budgets. It is designed to tackle under-nutrition among older people – which has been identified as an issue in Southern Staffordshire.

So far, three healthy eating talks and demonstrations have been held in Tamworth, giving more than 70 older residents the knowledge and skill to increase their nutrition and eat healthily, while staying within a budget.

The sessions are delivered by volunteers trained in providing people with skills to create economical meals, develop new skills, and improve food intake.

Cllr Stephen Doyle, Cabinet member for Communities & Public Health, said: “Improving the health and wellbeing of the residents of Tamworth is one of our top priorities and healthy eating is a big part of that.

“The Eat Well project shows older people that it is possible to cook healthy and tasty meals on a budget, and I am delighted that we are able to support this project.”

The next session is being held at the Carnegie Centre in Corporation Street on January 16 at 10am and will be offering ideas for providing tasty and healthy meals on a budget.

More details about the project are available from Research Support Officer Karen Pepper on 01785 788 497 or Community Event Organiser Kate Gibbon on 01785 7888 490. You can contact them if you would like to attend the session or help as a volunteer on the project.