Figures show Greater Bendigo residents are some of the fattest in the state, with 56.9 per cent of locals overweight or obese.As such, Bendigo has been chosen as one of the city’s for a State Government trial program.
The government will work with local schools, the City of Greater Bendigo council and Bendigo Community Health to work out what programs will work best for the city.The Bendigo Weekly started the Better Health Club to help the government deliver its program efficiently, and to help promote a healthy lifestyle.
As part of the government program, Mr Oliver and Health Minister David Davis launched Mr Oliver’s Ministry of Food program as part of the Victorian Healthy Eating Enterprise.“The Baillieu Coalition Government is partnering with The Good Foundation to set up Jamie’s Ministry of Food, a cooking and nutrition education program, in Victoria,” Mr Davis said.
“This will include a fixed cooking school and mobile kitchen to deliver healthy cooking classes in 14 local government areas.“Jamie’s Ministry of Food will provide cooking courses for more than 10,000 Victorians, as well as cooking demonstrations to inspire people to get back to basics.”
The Good Foundation was set up in 2010 to focus on programs and projects that promote good health and nutrition, with the first priority program being Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia.Jamie’s Ministry of Food is a community focused program that teaches basic cooking skills and good nutrition to non-cooks to improve their quality of life and health.
The site of the first Ministry of Food in Victoria will be announced in the coming months.Mr Davis said Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food will form one part of the new Victorian Healthy Eating Enterprise to promote a vibrant healthy eating culture in Victoria.
“We are working together to tackle obesity by improving consumption of fruit and vegetables and enjoyment of healthy foods, while also lowering consumption of unhealthy food, sugary soft drinks, salt and saturated fats,” he said.“Other state wide initiatives will include the Healthy Food Charter, the Victorian Healthy Eating Advisory Service and an Achievement Program to support good practice in schools, early childhood settings and workplaces.
Jamie’s Ministry of Food Ambassador Ian Curley, will help champion the cause on the ground and spread the healthy eating message.Other Victorian-based chefs will be recruited to become healthy eating champions and sign up to the Healthy Food Charter.