HEALTH-CONSCIOUS youngsters found out more about the importance of eating well and beating the winter chill during a series of half-term events.
Around 55 youngsters aged between eight and 15 got to work in the kitchen and learned how to cook healthy and warming meals throughout the winter months.
The young people from across Hartlepool looked in depth at the theory behind eating certain foods before putting their new skills into practice in the kitchen.
The sessions, which were organised by the West View Project, were organised to teach youngsters how to plan and cook healthy and nutritious food.
Dishes served up by the youngsters included stews, mince, lasagne, cooked vegetables and hot desserts.
Some of the older youngsters taking part also made a trip to the shops with project leaders where they got to try their hand at buying provisions on a set budget.
Rebecca Wise, West View Project’s senior participation worker, said: “Whatever your age, it’s important during the cold winter months to eat nutritious meals and to keep yourself warm.
“Some of our youngsters have never cooked for themselves before and we helped them learn how to prepare some easy, tasty and warming recipes.
“We also gave them tips about kitchen hygiene, including how to handle meat safely, and advice on how to keep warm at home.”
Connor Spence, nine, one of the youngsters who took part, said: “I really enjoyed it.
“It was great to be in the kitchen learning all about how to cook food and make a meal.”
The West View Project is a not-for-profit organisation which runs a number of events for young people at its activity centre in the town’s Miers Avenue.
The Healthy Eating in Winter project is one of several activities being run by the project using a grant from NHS Hartlepool linked to the Government’s Cold Weather Plan for England.
For more information about the West View Project and its upcoming events call (01429) 272699 or visit www.wvp.org.uk.