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August 17, 2006

Great little Cookbook launched today

The Minister of Social Development and Employment, the Hon. David Benson-Pope today launched "The Great little Cookbook - hints and healthy eating on a tight budget."

The 94 page book is a regional initiative by Work and Income.

Some time ago there were discussions through the Top of the South leaders group Talking Heads, about the importance of healthy action for children.

The significance of this issue was highlighted by Work and Income frontline staff, who suggested that many families would benefit from a down-to-earth book that showed simple ways to choose, prepare and serve food that was healthy and inexpensive.

Work and Income decided to further the concept and contracted DHB dietitian Sally Mackay to develop good information on healthy eating.

"At that stage we envisioned some makeshift pamphlets on healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners that we could make available to any clients that would find it helpful. However, when we saw the final product we were so impressed that we felt the material should be compiled into a book," Regional Commissioner Janine Dowding said.

Work and Income approached the Nelson Marlborough DHB and the West Coast DHB with this idea and to determine their interest in partnering in the initiative.

Both the West Coast District Health Board and the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board enthusiastically endorsed the collaboration. Nelson Marlborough DHB Chief Executive John Peters explained why. "Nutrition and Physical Activity are a large part of the health model that the DHB works within. Healthy choices in nutrition can prevent disease, and while I realise that cost has a large part to play in the nutrition options available to people on benefits, this book offers realistic choices in ingredients and preparation," he said.

5,000 copies of the book have been printed and will be distributed through case managers and contributing agencies, such as Budget Advice, Child Youth and Family and Housing New Zealand to people who would most benefit.

"Perhaps the most interesting thing about the cookbook is that it is not just a book about healthy eating; it has been a catalyst for a range of community ideas and prompted a real spirit of collaboration. For example, Te Korowai Trust has raised the opportunity for Supergrans to support people to use the cookbook in their homes and Budget advice in Nelson has offered to support people with their supermarket shopping to ensure maximum value. And in an outstanding show of support the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology is intending to provide cooking classes around the book," Mrs Dowding said.

The cook book launch was held at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology's Student Centre at 10am today.

For more information please contact
Jill Harris
Public Relations Advisor
Work and Income Regional Office
Ph 03 989 7046

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