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Good fare: The pilot program has started by targeting senior men living alone in a bid improve residents’ health.A new Hills Community Care initiative is giving the gift of independence to a range of Hills residents.
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TheIt’s A Stirprogram is designed to teach individuals how to cook some simple, fresh and healthy meals at home.

The pilot program was targeted to senior men living alone, while a second series currently under way is aimed at people in the community with mental health challenges.

While teaching residents how to cook is the primary aim of the program, the classes also present an opportunity for increased social interaction.

The Hills mayorMichelle Byrne said she was thrilled to see the program underway.

“As a passionate advocate for mental health issues, I’m really pleased to see that we’re providing this excellent service to our residents,” Cr Byrne said.

“Hills Community Care provides so many wonderful services, but I think this latest one is really striking a chord with members of our community.”

Cookery: The Hills mayor Michelle Byrne, centre, with new students enrolled in the Stir It Up program.

The first group of graduates – aged between 74 and 93 – said the program had helped them develop simple strategies to improve their diet.

“I had no confidence in cooking and since coming here and being part of this terrific group with a great convenor, I’ve found it excellent and it’s given me the confidence to be able to take home the recipes and go home and try it out,” 83-year-old Patrick Keating said.

“I thoroughly recommend it, because it gives you independence and the opportunity to come and share ideas with the guys in the group.”

For more information for all services offered by Hills Community Care, please contact The HillsCouncil on 9843 0555.

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