Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Simone, Food & Health Worker

Hi. I am Simone and work as Community Food and Health Assistant at Healthy Valleys. Community Food and Health is our healthy eating and physical activity programme for children, young people, adults and older people. There's never a dull moment in my day – always something new to do, people to meet, ideas to share as well as spend time helping communities to learn about ways to eat a healthier diet, keep fit and improve their overall health & wellbeing.

There is great enthusiasm about both the physical activity and healthy eating programme, whether it be from participants, partners or the volunteers that either lead or support the activities. Participants have been taking part in the ongoing C’mon Dancin at Coalburn One Stop Stop, bowling in Blackwood Sports Centre, swimming at Coalburn Leisure Centre, walking in and around Lesmahagow & South Lanarkshire (weekly or once a month).

The Healthy Eating project has been busy too delivering Feeding the Family courses, REHIS Cooking Skills Courses, REHIS Food Hygiene and Food and Health courses. Participants have cooked tasty, healthy dishes and increased their knowledge of food and nutrition. Volunteers have enjoyed sharing their knowledge and experience with participants (always with a smile). We have also delivered some Clydesdale Community Family Fun 'n' Food sessions in various villages around rural South Lanarkshire. These sessions provide a opportunity for parents and children (under 5 yrs) to learn more about healthy eating and teaching life skills through play activities. We have completed an evaluation of our Healthy Eating programme and I am looking forward to some exciting new future developments.

These are just some of the things me and a team of fantastic volunteers (whose help I truly value and appreciate) have been up to lately. To find out about activities please go to the “What’s On” section of our website or for more information on the Community Food & Health project, please call me on 01555 880666 or email


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