Healthy cooking lessons for ethnic minority communities in Southampton

Healthy cooking lessons for ethnic minorities

Healthy cooking lessons for ethnic minorities

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

PEOPLE from black and ethnic minority communities in Southampton are being invited to take part in a cookery course to encourage them to eat healthily.

Southampton City Council has joined forces with a variety of organisations to encourage people from ethnic groups to get passionate about good and healthy food.

Organisers hope the two-day project, which runs from September 4 to 5 will lead others to start community cookery groups in their neighbourhoods.

The course will be held from 10am to 4pm at Northam Community Centre in Kent Street.

A spokesman from the West Itchen Community Trust said: “We’re trying to tackle issues that relate to people from black and ethnic minorities.

“According to the census lots of people from those backgrounds suffer from conditions such as diabetes.

“People tend to respond better to teaching when they are being taught by people from similar backgrounds.

“We’re reaching out to people in the black and ethnic minority groups.

“Southampton is quite a transient city with lots of different minorities. We’re trying to make sure that these people are being properly educated and make sure that they stay healthy.”

To book contact kolade@wict.co.uk or razia@wict.co.uk or ring 023 8038 8580.

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7:47am Sun 10 Aug 14

imspacedout says...

Great idea about promoting healthy eating and I hope it goes well, however, I don't see why anyone should not be allowed to attend whether white or from other backgrounds.
Great idea about promoting healthy eating and I hope it goes well, however, I don't see why anyone should not be allowed to attend whether white or from other backgrounds. imspacedout
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8:14am Sun 10 Aug 14

Abkhazsoyuz says...

The most important fact to those from African and Asian ethnic groups especially, is if any of those that choose a food shift to a more Caucasian diet, they have a higher risk of dietary calcium, zinc and vitamin A deficiency.
So it is to their advantage to attend and eventuate a more healthy lifestyle.
The most important fact to those from African and Asian ethnic groups especially, is if any of those that choose a food shift to a more Caucasian diet, they have a higher risk of dietary calcium, zinc and vitamin A deficiency. So it is to their advantage to attend and eventuate a more healthy lifestyle. Abkhazsoyuz
  • Score: 0

8:57am Sun 10 Aug 14

sapenny says...

Ethinc minority groups have pre disposing genetic factors that make them up to six times more at risk of developing diabetes it is not poor diet that causes high risk in these groups. The idea that they are being singled out for free dietary and cookery classes is quite insulting. Free cookery and healthy eating classes should available to white british people who tend to have higher BMI's mainly due to over eating. This is why in this country we are seeing a huge rise in type 2 diabetes because more and more people are carrying for fat around their abdomens making them insulin resistant.
Ethinc minority groups have pre disposing genetic factors that make them up to six times more at risk of developing diabetes it is not poor diet that causes high risk in these groups. The idea that they are being singled out for free dietary and cookery classes is quite insulting. Free cookery and healthy eating classes should available to white british people who tend to have higher BMI's mainly due to over eating. This is why in this country we are seeing a huge rise in type 2 diabetes because more and more people are carrying for fat around their abdomens making them insulin resistant. sapenny
  • Score: 0

9:23am Sun 10 Aug 14

Huey says...

I have noticed fried chicken is very popular in the black community. Dunno why, horrible greasy stuff.
I have noticed fried chicken is very popular in the black community. Dunno why, horrible greasy stuff. Huey
  • Score: 4

11:09am Sun 10 Aug 14

Yorkyboy22 says...

You can't beat a good Indian. Buffalo and chips is my favourite. Maybe it's because I'm half Apache?
You can't beat a good Indian. Buffalo and chips is my favourite. Maybe it's because I'm half Apache? Yorkyboy22
  • Score: 2

12:15pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Paramjit Bahia says...

Why concentrate on so called 'black and ethnic minority communities' alone?

Should the Council not be concerned about the health of ALL the people in our city, whose services are being cut because same Council is desperately short of money? Which causes stress to people depending on those services and can also cause health problems

If fake socialist Simon Letts lot who run the council are really serious, they should be campaigning to teach everybody about healthy food and against restaurants and take away businesses including major brands like KFC McDonals and Burgar King etc.

But will they ever dare to do that? I doubt it because most of these councillors themselves love those places, especially certain Indian run by a Bangladeshi, for reasons I won't mention to save certain prominent people embarrassment.

Pity most councillors and members of party in power do not practice what they preach, so hardly surprising some of them may be obese, which is major cause for many health problems.
Why concentrate on so called 'black and ethnic minority communities' alone? Should the Council not be concerned about the health of ALL the people in our city, whose services are being cut because same Council is desperately short of money? Which causes stress to people depending on those services and can also cause health problems If fake socialist Simon Letts lot who run the council are really serious, they should be campaigning to teach everybody about healthy food and against restaurants and take away businesses including major brands like KFC McDonals and Burgar King etc. But will they ever dare to do that? I doubt it because most of these councillors themselves love those places, especially certain Indian run by a Bangladeshi, for reasons I won't mention to save certain prominent people embarrassment. Pity most councillors and members of party in power do not practice what they preach, so hardly surprising some of them may be obese, which is major cause for many health problems. Paramjit Bahia
  • Score: 2

12:38pm Sun 10 Aug 14

george h says...

Here we go again..... Sounds like a cue for a song ...... but nevertheless...... It's just the Fat Controller Jacquie Rayment's beloved nanny state still alive and kicking despite the efforts of the Communities Secretary to kill it off.

And speaking of Who-Ate-All-The-Pies
-Fat-Eric Pickles, perhaps he should be required to reduce the national average weight by going on a diet before his lackeys in local government tell us how to manage our food intake.
Here we go again..... Sounds like a cue for a song ...... but nevertheless...... It's just the Fat Controller Jacquie Rayment's beloved nanny state still alive and kicking despite the efforts of the Communities Secretary to kill it off. And speaking of Who-Ate-All-The-Pies -Fat-Eric Pickles, perhaps he should be required to reduce the national average weight by going on a diet before his lackeys in local government tell us how to manage our food intake. george h
  • Score: 4

1:50pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Paramjit Bahia says...

george h wrote:
Here we go again..... Sounds like a cue for a song ...... but nevertheless...... It's just the Fat Controller Jacquie Rayment's beloved nanny state still alive and kicking despite the efforts of the Communities Secretary to kill it off.

And speaking of Who-Ate-All-The-Pies

-Fat-Eric Pickles, perhaps he should be required to reduce the national average weight by going on a diet before his lackeys in local government tell us how to manage our food intake.
Well said George H.

Perhaps Echo should be doing bit more reasarch into this and try to find if there is any link between people implementing this scheme and members of party in power, which has always (even in old Labour days) tried to divide and rule on the basis of so called ethnicity rather than uniting us ALL as residents of Southampton and members of one human race.

When South Africa introduced different types of services for various groups of people based on skin colours etc, we all very rightly campaigned against that apartheid, while this scheme is not evil of that magnitude, could be be called 'NuLabour's sugar quoted apartheid'???
[quote][p][bold]george h[/bold] wrote: Here we go again..... Sounds like a cue for a song ...... but nevertheless...... It's just the Fat Controller Jacquie Rayment's beloved nanny state still alive and kicking despite the efforts of the Communities Secretary to kill it off. And speaking of Who-Ate-All-The-Pies -Fat-Eric Pickles, perhaps he should be required to reduce the national average weight by going on a diet before his lackeys in local government tell us how to manage our food intake.[/p][/quote]Well said George H. Perhaps Echo should be doing bit more reasarch into this and try to find if there is any link between people implementing this scheme and members of party in power, which has always (even in old Labour days) tried to divide and rule on the basis of so called ethnicity rather than uniting us ALL as residents of Southampton and members of one human race. When South Africa introduced different types of services for various groups of people based on skin colours etc, we all very rightly campaigned against that apartheid, while this scheme is not evil of that magnitude, could be be called 'NuLabour's sugar quoted apartheid'??? Paramjit Bahia
  • Score: 3

12:54am Mon 11 Aug 14

bucktoom says...

How very patronising!
How very patronising! bucktoom
  • Score: 1

4:39am Mon 11 Aug 14

Rjhsoton says...

i bet if an all white British event was planned to be held then the powers that be would knock it in to touch and say it couldn't go ahead as it would be RACIST
yet an event barring white British people is allowed
i bet if an all white British event was planned to be held then the powers that be would knock it in to touch and say it couldn't go ahead as it would be RACIST yet an event barring white British people is allowed Rjhsoton
  • Score: 1

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