Dunstable men over 60 on course for healthy eating

The class at Downside Neighbourhood Community Centre
The class at Downside Neighbourhood Community Centre

Nutritionists found the recipe for success when they gave cookery lessons to a group of Dunstable men aged over 60.

Healthy eating cookery classes were held at Downside Neighbourhood Centre during March.

The course was organised by South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust’s (SEPT) award-winning Food First dietetic team.

Eleanor Tildesley, assistant dietetic practitioner, said: “Despite the common myth that the kitchen is perceived as foreign territory for a lot of men, our guys have managed to successfully whip up a two course meal every week. 
“The aim of the Dunstable classes was to promote and develop a variety of cooking skills and nutritional knowledge. The sessions also explored some of the common barriers to home cooking including meal planning, cooking on a budget and food storage.”

Bert Torrison, 92, who attended the classes, said: “A most enjoyable course with a lot of enthusiasm shown. Despite our clumsiness in handling the ingredients, we produced edible meals. We actually ate them.”

The recipes were based on foods rich in fluid and calories.

The Food First project aims to raise awareness of the risks of malnutrition and dehydration throughout Luton and South Beds.
Recipes can be found at