What is Kitchen on Prescription?
Kitchen on Prescription is a motivational, healthy-eating cookery course for people with health concerns which takes place in community kitchens across the Bristol area. Our aim is to equip and inspire individuals to cook and eat delicious food from scratch, to improve health and Wellbeing.
Through Kitchen on Prescription we hope to create a ‘socially prescribed’ healthcare intervention. This will enable healthcare professionals to refer people with, or at risk of developing, a long term condition to a motivational healthy eating cooking course.
Helen Cooke (Nutrition Lead at PCIM) project manages Kitchen on Prescription. To deliver the initiative, Portland Centre for Integrative Medicine works in partnership with the Bristol Kitchen on Prescription Alliance. Alliance members include: Wellspring Healthy Living Centre, Square Food Foundation, Hartcliffe Health and Environment Group, Southmead Development Trust, Knowle West Community Kitchen, Co-Exist Community Kitchen, Lawrence Weston Community Farm, Penny Brohn Cancer Care, All About Food and Food Inside Out. We share a vision of making food part of a mainstream healthcare offer.
Where have I seen it before?
Kitchen on Prescription courses have been running at Wellspring for several years, but through our Alliance we aim to make the courses much more widely available to a diverse range of Bristol communities.
In 2015, Kitchen on Prescription contributed to several events and conferences in Bristol and London. We showcased the initiative during Healthy City Week, as well as appearing at events held by Bristol Food Connections and Eat Drink Bristol Fashion.
During 2015/16 we took part in a feasibility study with University of Bristol. We collected data from local communities and health care professionals in order to assess both how culinary education can improve Wellbeing and whether it is feasible to carry out a larger scale research trial.
How do I sign up for a course?
Kitchen on Prescription will be available to patients registered at participating GP practices from October 2016 onward.
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