Improving lifestyles through healthy meals

Residents were joined by staff from PCH and local partners to find out all about health and well being at the recently refurbished Tavy House community room.

Livewell Southwest, Sugar Smart, Well Connected, Plymouth Stroke Association and Food is Fun spent the morning chatting to residents about healthy lifestyles with the chance to create some healthy recipes and there were even free blood pressure tests!

Alistair Hooper, a resident at Lynher House, said “I made this healthy pizza, using simple ingredients. I like how we can make quick, easy and cheap meals that are good for you! A lot of the time you’re watching a cookery programme and they say to just nip to your herb garden and grab some fresh basil – when actually we need recipes that are easy to make in just a few minutes.”

Residents were able to chat about dental hygiene with Well Connected, and healthier, happier lifestyles with Livewell Southwest who were happy to give advice on smoking, drinking, eating, sleeping and stress.

Tami Skelton, Nutritionist and Director of Food is Fun CIC who is involved with the ongoing Grow, Share, Cook programme, said: “The most rewarding thing about events like these is seeing what a difference healthy eating can make to people’s lives. The people that took part today have gained confidence and learned more about how to prepare and cook fresh vegetables.

“The residents here are proud of what they’ve achieved today and hopefully they will start sharing some of the recipes they’ve learned with family and friends.”  

Hayley Kemp, Communities Worker for PCH said: “We love putting on events like this as there is so much information and tools that people can access which enable them to make healthier choices.

“One of the things that people were really into was the blood pressure tests which are here courtesy of the Plymouth Stroke Association and could potentially save someone’s life. We’ve also got the great cooking lessons from Tami and our partners Livewell South West are always great to talk to if you’re looking for further advice or want to be signposted to somewhere for help – no matter what issues you may be experiencing.”

The Stroke Association work to try and raise awareness to prevent a stroke and aid people to make the best recovery they can. They work with stroke survivors who are living with communication difficulties to help build confidence and independence.

Sugar Smart is a campaign run by Jamie Oliver and Sustain which helps local authorities, workplaces and individuals to reduce the amount of sugar we consume.  

Livewell Southwest is an independent, not for profit social enterprise that integrates health and social care, providing services on behalf of the NHS and delivering care for people in new ways that are more efficient.