IMPACT’s Tasty Team, UK
The World Health Organisation (WHO) regards childhood obesity as one of the most serious global public health challenges for the 21st century.
The National Child Measurement Programme found that almost 1 in 3 children in England is overweight or obese by the age 11.
Problems in the UK associated with poor diets and a lack of exercise are well known. Rapidly rising obesity levels for children and adults will have long-term negative implications for the nation’s health. Associated conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers are also increasing and putting further pressure on the NHS.
IMPACT has found that it is not only a lack of knowledge and awareness that prevents people from improving their eating habits but also a lack of practical skills and a low level of confidence in the kitchen. Tackling these factors head on, IMPACT is taking action to make healthy eating an integral part of daily life for school children and vulnerable adults within our community. By participating in the Tasty Team project many people in West Sussex have acquired lifelong skills to help make important changes to improve their diet and eating habits.
The Tasty Team programme is made up of the following parts which together make an exciting project:
IMPACT works with a number of targeted adult groups within the community. The participants learn practical cooking skills and also about eating a well-balanced healthy diet, budgeting and weekly meal planning. We ensure that recipes are not only affordable and nutritious but also quick and easy to prepare.
Get Cooking with Young People
In recent years the Tasty Team has expanded its work to include youth groups, including Get Cooking sessions for youth clubs in Crawley and Mid Sussex such as the Prince’s Trust and the YMCA. We also work in partnership with organisations such as The Prince’s Trust. These partnerships help us to run sessions for difficult to reach youths; most often those who are not in employment, education or training.
Get Started with Cooking is a fantastic local programme for disadvantaged
young people that has IMPACT Foundation at its heart. The young people respond
well to the trainers engaging and enthusiastic style and as the week progresses
you can really see their confidence developing. The course really wouldn’t be the same
without the hard work and dedication of IMPACT Foundation and their volunteers.”
Jo Tolley, Programme Executive, Prince’s Trust
IMPACT provides after school cooking clubs for parents and their children, giving them all the opportunity to learn skills and gain confidence in the kitchen. This improves parent’s knowledge of diet and nutrition, and creates time for parents and children to spend together learning a new but vital skill.
Get Cooking One to One
As well as group courses, IMPACT’s Tasty Team aims to offer practical, free, one-to-one cooking sessions for individuals for whom group sessions might not be suitable, at a convenient time and place convenient to suit them. Individuals are referred for these 2 hour sessions through a community organisation or agency, for example a sheltered housing association, hostel or foodbank.
IMPACT runs Tasty Sessions in primary schools on the following topics: lunchboxes, breakfast, salads, snacks and drinks. Pupils have the opportunity to try new flavours and healthy foods and create some of the dishes for themselves. By targeting children, we hope that they will develop a lifelong interest in what they are eating and an understanding of the relationship between diet and wellbeing.
“The sessions were great and the children used their knowledge learnt during our
science topic of healthy eating. They remembered the food they had tasted when
they designed their own healthy snack in Design and Technology,” Frances McGrath, teacher at Gossops Green Primary School.
Bentswood Community Garden
Right on our doorstep, in the Bentswood area of Haywards Heath, IMPACT runs a local community garden. These 14 raised beds give local people the opportunity to grow their own fruit and vegetables, which is both fun and rewarding and provides a free source of healthy food.
Our two stationary smoothie bikes (one adult and one child sized) enable children and adults to make fruit smoothies by pedal power. We have found these bikes to be very effective at engaging even the most reticent of children; and they are the perfect educational tool for bringing together fun, fitness, health, nourishment and sustainability. These two bikes are both available to hire for your party or event. If you are interested, please contact the Tasty Team on 01444 457080 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer with IMPACT
We are always looking for new volunteers for all aspects of the Tasty Team project. Please see our volunteering page for more details.
If you are interested in volunteering or would like further information on our extended community projects please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. You can send us a message using our contact form, call IMPACT on 01444 457080 or email us at email@example.com for further details.