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Health Award Ceremony for Let’s Get Cooking


June 03, 2009, Press Dispensary. Leading public health charity, The Royal Society for Public Health ( RSPH ) has today presented its coveted Training Accreditation Certificate to Let’s Get Cooking, the national network of cooking clubs teaching children and their families how to cook good, healthy food.

The ability to prepare healthy meals from scratch has become a scarce skill. Let’s Get Cooking clubs, backed by £20 million from the Big Lottery Fund, give children and their families the knowledge and confidence to cook nutritious, tasty meals, while also having fun.

This award is in recognition of the RSPH accreditation status achieved by Let’s Get Cooking for its two-day, demonstrator training course for adult club leaders.

The award was presented by Dr Genny Lane on behalf of the RSPH. Dr Lane, a community paediatrician, RSPH trustee and member of its governing council, said: "In presenting this certificate to Let’s Get Cooking, I would like to congratulate those associated with the success in achieving the high standard required for accreditation status, which shows Let’s Get Cooking’s commitment to excellence in training for its demonstrators. It ensures that its clubs are organised safely and conveys the healthy eating message effectively."

She adds: "Working in the community, I am all too aware of the detrimental effect that poor nutrition has on health. Encouraging children in healthy eating habits will have considerable long term benefits for them and their families."

At the handover ceremony at Prendergast-Hilly Fields College in Lewisham, School Food Trust chief executive, Judy Hargadon, said: "It is an honour to receive this award which shows that our demonstrator training programme meets the very high RSPH standards. The training programme is crucial to the success of Let’s Get Cooking and there will be around 6,000 adult leaders by 2011. This independent validation and prestigious recognition will give the leaders further confidence in their role."

The RSPH’s accreditation scheme is designed to endorse training programmes that support health, hygiene and safety. The Let’s Get Cooking training programme underwent an expert review, assessing how effectively it prepares trainees in cookery demonstration skills and in food safety, nutrition and health and safety.

The Big Lottery Fund’s Well-being programme provides funding to support the development of healthier lifestyles and to improve well-being.

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About The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH)
The Royal Society for Public Health is an independent, multi-disciplinary organisation, dedicated to the promotion and protection of collective human health and wellbeing. Through advocacy, mediation, empowerment, knowledge and practice, it advises on policy development, provides education and training services, encourages scientific research, disseminates information and certifies products, training centres and processes. A registered charity that enjoys patronage of Her Majesty the Queen, RSPH is the oldest public health body in the world, with over 150 years’ experience in its field of protecting and promoting public health. For further information on RSPH accreditation of training programmes, please contact: Anna Zilnyk, Royal Society for Public Health, tel: 020 3177 1624, email: , website

About Let’s Get Cooking
Let’s Get Cooking is using the Lottery funding to establish an initial network of 5,000 out-of-school cookery clubs in a bid to enable over one million children and family members to learn new cooking skills. Led by the School Food Trust, Let’s Get Cooking works in partnership with The Prince’s Trust, Business in the Community and Magic Outcomes. Together they spearhead projects aimed at teenagers, schools and communities in areas of high deprivation, and encourage sustainable support from businesses. The British Nutrition Foundation and the Royal Society for Public Health are also involved in an advisory capacity. For more information, please visit

About The Big Lottery Fund
The Big Lottery Fund’s support for Let’s Get Cooking comes from its £165m well-being programme, which provides funding to support the development of healthier lifestyles and to improve well-being. The Big Lottery Fund has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK since its inception in June 2004. It was established by Parliament on 1 December, 2006. Full details of the work of the Big Lottery Fund, its programmes and awards are available on the website: Big Lottery Fund Press Office: 020 7211 1888 / Out of hours: 07867 500 572 Public Enquiries Line: 08454 102030 / Textphone: 08456 021 659.

For further information, please contact:
Anna Zilnyk, Royal Society for Public Health
Tel: 020 3177 1624

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