WHY

For you and your family
Cooking meals from scratch at home is the best way to keep track of what goes into the food we eat, giving us better control of our own health and the health of those we love. Cooking our own meals, even with just a few simple ingredients, is something we can do to begin to tackle the rise of obesity in children and adults, and other diet-related illnesses like diabetes. There’s never been a better time for a cooking revolution …

Teaching children and young people basic cooking skills from an early age is a great way to ensure they’ll be able to look after their own health in the future. Involving children in cooking is also a great way to get them to try new things. Cooking together is a wonderful way to pass on culture and recipes to the next generation, and can be a lot of fun too!

For our city
A healthy city is a happier city! It sounds surprising, but choosing to cook from scratch at home really can impact the whole city – helping to reduce diet-related illness, resulting better health, emptier hospitals and more public money available for improving the city we share. What’s more, safely cooking together and sharing food is a powerful way to build strong happy community, and a great opportunity to learn about other cultures and new cuisines.

For our planet
A healthy diet, with food cooked from scratch, is almost always a more environmentally friendly diet. Firstly, it cuts out lots of packaging typically found in ready meals and takeaways. Home cooking also cuts out large parts of the production process, meaning your food will have a lower carbon footprint.

Choosing local, seasonal veg will have a lower carbon foot print too. Healthier diets typically mean less meat and dairy, and as our high levels of meat consumption are one of the biggest impacts of our diet on the planet, this is an easy way to a greener diet.

So now you know why cooking is so important!
Find out what you can do to play your part by heading to our HOW section.


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