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Local Health Insurer Backs Jamie's Ministry of Food Geelong

Posted Monday, 2 July 2012 in Community

Tags: cooking  education  geelong  health  jamie's ministry of food 

The Good Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation delivering the rollout of Jamie’s Ministry of Food throughout Australia, has partnered with local Geelong business GMHBA Health Insurance, to support the first Victorian Ministry of Food Centre to be based in Geelong. The community based initiative, opening soon, will teach basic cooking skills and educate people about cooking healthy meals with fresh ingredients.

The centre will be a community hub where people from all walks of life, can meet professional cookery teachers face-to-face, get hands on experience with food and take a course in basic cooking. The concept is based on a local philosophy whereby it recruits local food trainers and volunteers, sources local produce and is supported by local businesses, all for the benefit of the local community.

 Ministry of Food cooking


CEO, Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia, Alicia Peardon said, “We are thrilled to welcome GMHBA as a partner of the Geelong Centre. It is critical to the survival of the program to gain support from local businesses and GMHBA are to be commended for supporting healthy initiatives within the communities they do business.”

“There’s a serious lack of knowledge about food and cooking, and the result is the modern-day epidemic of obesity and bad health we are currently facing. It is encouraging to see local business within the Geelong region come together to tackle obesity issues.” Alicia said.

“As Geelong’s own private health insurer, GMHBA deals with local people on a daily basis who are at high risk or already suffering from lifestyle related illnesses. We understand the true strain that diseases like obesity and diabetes can place on communities. The opportunity to partner with Jamie’s Ministry of Food was a logical decision for us to make because of its focus on improving the overall health of local people.” Said GMHBA Chief Executive Officer Mark Valena.


Mark explains further, “The reality is that many of these diseases are preventable. Considering GMHBA’s focus is to be at the heart of healthy communities, its only natural for us to provide local people with access to information and classes such as Jamie’s Ministry of Food, in an attempt to improve the current health of Geelong.”

The newly announced Centre in Geelong will run a 10-week cooking course, comprising of a 90 minute cooking class per week. Courses will be available 7 days a week.

“At GMHBA we are proud to be partnering with Jamie’s Ministry of Food, let’s dream big and work together as an entire community to reduce the health threats in our region and make real change.” Mark said.

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