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Chopping and changing

This report is for anyone who runs, manages or commissions cooking skills courses. It uses evidence from a realist self-evaluation study group to show the impact of cooking skills courses on people who are affected by health inequalities: vulnerable people and parents managing on a low income.

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What’s cooking in Scotland?

Community Food and Health (Scotland) ran a short online survey during the summer of 2017 to get a snapshot of cooking skills activities for people living on low incomes in Scotland during that year. This short report presents the findings from this survey.

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Just getting on with it

Practitioners who run cooking skills courses have told us that they have worked with course participants who may be experiencing food insecurity and were struggling to feed themselves and their families. We wanted to explore this issue further by undertaking a short project to find out: what methods community cooking course practitioners currently use to support those …

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What’s cooking in Scotland? Part Three

This guide is for anyone who runs, manages or commissions cooking skills courses for people within low-income communities or who are vulnerable. It will also be useful for those designing or running train the trainer cooking skills courses.

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Embedding food and health activities and policies across learning disability services

Twelve people (specialist dietitians, voluntary sector and NHS staff) from across seven NHS board areas attended this roundtable discussion, including representatives from the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD) and the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS). The group carried out a mapping exercise and discussed what they thought was going well or less …

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Healthy diet and lifestyle for ethnic minority older people

The Older People Services Development project produced this healthy eating resource, with support from NHS Health Scotland, in response to an extensive consultation that shows ethnic minority older people can face barriers to accessing information on diet and lifestyle.

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Ready Steady Ping!

Includes sections on: effective training, food hygiene and safety, Eatwell Plate, microwave cookery and microwave recipes.

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A review of practical cooking skills activities which focus on promoting an affordable healthy balanced diet for adults, young people and their families within low-income communities in Scotland

In 2014 Community Food and Health Scotland/NHS Health Scotland commissioned a realist review of community cooking skills activities run by community initiatives and agencies. The review planned to explore issues such as how the social circumstances of participants and the approach of the cooking skills activities can affect the outcomes. The researchers analysed 81 sets …

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The new REHIS Elementary Cooking Skills Course

In 2013 the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) developed a new short accredited cooking course.  CFHS supported the availability of this course by providing funding to 13 groups and agencies to register with REHIS and deliver the course in low-income communities.  This report provides a summary of the views of trainers and describes …

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The impact of cooking courses on families

This short report provides a summary of research commissioned by CFHS that studied the impact of cooking skills on families.

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