Social prescribing in action: Bristol’s Kitchen on Prescription Alliance
We are living longer but rates of long-term health problems such as diabetes and obesity are soaring. If in response our national diet has to change, cookery education could become part of mainstream health- care.A group of doctors, nutritionists and cooks in Bristol have created a motivational healthy eating cooking course. It is an example of a new wave of ‘social prescription’ options aimed at supporting posi- tive change rather than just giving pills.The course is for prevention and intervention as well as people who just want to stay well.
It now looks like a healthy diet can play a key role in the prevention and treatment of chronic illness. However, a variety of factors including the growing reliance on processed food is preventing people of all social back- grounds from following the healthy eating advice available to them. One such challenge is weak cooking skills and the need for greater practical knowledge about how to eat healthily on a budget.