Cranbrook students enjoy healthy cooking

PUBLISHED: 06:55 16 June 2017

Families learning to cook interesting new recipes together.

Families learning to cook interesting new recipes together.


STUDENTS and their families from Cranbrook Educational Campus (CEC) have taken part in a Ready, Steady, Cook!-style series of cooking sessions.

Funded by East Devon District Council (EDDC) via NHS England’s healthy new towns programme and provided by Axminster charity HALFF, ‘Cranbake’ gave students and families a chance to cook a variety of meals together as part of a four-week course.

The classes were led by HALFF cook Bernadette Johnson, who said: “I shared ideas and tips for healthy day-to-day cooking and eating.

“It was lovely to see each family coming together to follow the recipes, creating the dishes and having fun at the same time.”

CEC headteacher Steve Farmer added: “The Campus is really pleased to work with HALFF and EDDC.

“Our students and families gained new skills and were excited to explore new recipes for healthy eating. It means that students and their families have started to talk more about what they eat, and how to eat more healthily.”

Two priorities of the Cranbrook Healthy Town programme focus on healthy schooling and innovative health messaging.

The aims of ‘Cranbake’ match those of HALFF: to make eating well easier for everyone by providing cooking-skills sessions and nutritional information.

Mark Williams, EDDC’s chief executive, said: “It’s encouraging to see the Cranbrook Healthy Town programme in action, with some really innovative ideas being implemented.

“Recent examples have included a live digital radio broadcast and a brushing club teaching dental care, both at the education campus.

“It’s all too easy to cut corners with meals when people are short of time and have busy lives.”

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