At Inch By Inch For Scotland, we want to help improve the health of our nation by promoting making small lifestyle changes through providing cheap and healthy recipes and easy to follow workouts to get us all moving.
Gary Maclean, Scotland’s first National Chef, who has endorsed our campaign, recently spoke to Holyrood Magazine about the need for as much of an education on food and how to cook as with other subjects taught in school.
“Fundamentally, we need to get our kids educated in food. It shouldn’t be seen as a secondary subject. I think it’s as important as maths and physics. If you’re rubbish at physics, it doesn’t mean you die at 50 because you don’t know how to cook. People learning to cook, and I’m not talking about terrines or something like that, I’m talking about cooking a bit of chicken, being able to boil veg properly, things like that.”
With two thirds of Scottish Adults being overweight or obese, food education is imperative in order to avoid the convenience food culture that we have fallen into as a nation and get back to eating nutritious meals made from fresh ingredients.
Through providing our children with an education in food and cooking coupled with the increased focus on physical education in schools already, we can reclaim the food culture that existed in previous generations in order to combat our obesity epidemic.
As part of our campaign, we are creating recipe videos with our presenter Jordan who shows you how to make healthy and cost-effective meals for the family at home, including recipes that can be made quickly in the microwave from baked potatoes to poached eggs.
These recipes have been designed for people with next to no existing cooking skills, with ingredients that can mostly be found in your local shop. To watch the videos we have created so far, click here and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so you don’t miss any of the recipes we will be releasing soon!