Last week GMHBA welcomed over 1,000 local people to four healthy cooking classes hosted by ex-Masterchef contestant Marion Grasby at The Pier on Geelong's waterfront.
As a health fund committed to the health and wellbeing of local communities, those in attendance were treated to the class free of charge. The class offered an exclusive taste of three of the five healthy dishes taught at the session and each patron also took home a recipe book and some practical healthy cooking tips and alternatives to try. The classes were open to GMHBA members and non-members interested in the topic.
"It's pretty cool that an insurance company is not just saying be healthy, they are doing something about it! What I personally do to keep healthy is keep it really simple – more vegetables, more colour in your stir-frys, different types of vegetable and cutting down on fats," commented Marion Grasby after the sessions.
GMHBA Chief Executive Officer Mark Valena also commented on the initiative and how important it is for GMHBA to invest in local community health initiatives.
"It's easy to sit back and say that there is a problem with obesity, healthy eating, diabetes and a range of other health issues across the Geelong region. GMHBA feels that the best way to begin tackling these issues is to go back to basics and re-educate people on healthy eating and cooking alternatives.", Mark said
"Our focus for this initiative has been to promote good eating through healthy cooking, to better the health of individuals and families within the local Geelong community whether they are GMHBA members or not. A thousand local people have been welcomed to the classes to experience the healthy cooking demonstrations, tips and taste testing in a friendly environment close to home."
The sessions were a great success so if you missed out this time, stay tuned to the GMHBA website for more upcoming local events like this one.