Drumchapel kids ‘check out’ healthy eating project

28 May 2012

Drumchapel kids ‘check out’ healthy eating project

The classes were a huge success

Parents and children from Cloan nursery in Drumchapel have visited Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) for the last of four healthy eating classes funded by the university’s share of profits from the successful centenary edition of the Glasgow Cookery Book.

With the children dressed in miniature aprons and chef’s hats decorated in the distinctive checkered pattern of the Queens College, they worked with their parents and grandparents to create healthy banana and raspberry muffins, make ‘fruit faces’ and take part in a vegetable tasting session.

The Cook and Eat project was part of GCU’s widening participation and community engagement initiative the Caledonian Club. The project, which ran throughout May, was funded by £4000 from book sales and private donations collected by GCU’s Queens College Fund.

The Glasgow Cookery Book – a collection of recipes which started life as a college cooking textbook – was reprinted in 2010 to mark the book’s centenary year.

The Queens College and Glasgow Polytechnic merged in 1993 to form GCU, and the Queens College fund was established to support community-related university programmes and student initiatives.

Caroline Kernaghan, 49, brought her granddaughter, Grace, 4, to the cook and eat project.

Caroline said: “The healthy eating focus lets the kids know that this kind of food can be tasty and it doesn’t always have to be full of sugar. Sweets are not the answer to everything. Coming on to the university campus makes the children realise that nothing is too far away. It lets them know they can accomplish anything. “

Parent Cindy Miah, 32, brought her three-year-old son Kyle McBride, 3.

She said: “He isn’t into fruit and veg but he’s trying it today which is a bonus. It’s great for him. As for me, I’ve learned how to cook a lot more. Someone taught me how to chop properly, which was great.”

Rachel Hyslop, Caledonian Club Development Officer, said: “By offering the Cook and Eat project to parents, we can reinforce the importance of cooking for health and wellbeing and engage parents in the Caledonian Club.”