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Community Resilience Eating Well Packs

Age Friendly Ireland

Kilkenny County Council Logo

Programme: Kilkenny

WHO Theme: Communication And Information

Health & Wellbeing Theme: Nutrition Eating Well, Physical Activity, Your Body Your Health

Funding Stream: Community Resilience Fund Covid

Resources Required: Financial, Paid Staff, Services, Ingredients from a vegetable supplier that supports Local Food Producers

Cost: 500-1000


Cooking Demonstration including Healthy Eating Advice and Eating Well Packs delivered through the Kilkenny Library Service . “Community Resilience Eating Well Packs. A local chef and Dietitian recorded a cooking demonstration of ‘Healthy Vegetable Soup’ in the School of Food. The recording was promoted on social media and online platforms from Kilkenny County Council, Kilkenny Library Service and Healthy Kilkenny. The collaboration between the Chef and the Dietitian during the recording provided learning outcomes regarding cooking skills and healthy eating information. The Dietitian focused on the nutrition information about the ingredients used in the recipe and highlighted some nutritional guidelines specific to older adults e.g. Vitamin D recommendations and protein. As part of this initiative, 50 Community Resilience Packs Were delivered to individuals through the door to door library service. The contents of the packs included: -Ingredients for Homemade Soup -Instructions and Nutritional Information for the recipe, including the video link to the Cooking Demo: -Healthy Ireland Mask and HI Vis Vest, Library Information, 101 Square Meals Recipe Book, Health Promotion Information, Physical Activity Booklets, Age Frendly fridge magnet”

Aim of Initiative

People Cocooning due to COVID 19 and were linked with the door to door library service

Who is it aimed at

People Cocooning due to COVID 19 and were linked with the door to door library service

Steps critical to success

  1. Coordination of activities and setting up a subgroup for implementation: Dietitian, Chef, Libraries, Healthy Ireland Coordinator, IT
  2. Outreach calls to the individuals linked with the Door to Door Library Service

Challenges in Planning / Delivery

  1. Coordination of activities were difficult during level 5 restrictions
  2. Time-Consuming

Outcomes / Benefits

  1. The individuals recieved an ‘eating well’ pack that provided health and well being information and ingredients for the Healthy Vegetable Soup to encourage engagement
  2. Learning outcomes from the Cooking Demonstration: Cooking skills and Healthy Eating Advice
  3. Collabouration between Healthy Kilkenny and Healthy Ireland at Your Library – Kilkenny Library Service

Janette Boran, Kilkenny County Council,