A new health initiative is bringing healthy cooking and exercise classes to recently widowed members of the Men's Shed.
A new health initiative is bringing healthy cooking and exercise classes to recently widowed members of the Men's Shed.

Men’s Shed members swap tools for the kitchen

A new community health initiative for widowed men is hoping to break stigmas around men’s health with a focus on healthy ageing and long term independence.

In-home aged care providers Home Instead Sunshine Coast and Gympie have partnered with the Maroochydore Men’s Shed to deliver the program to members.

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Home Instead director Falon Fredrickson said this week they had launched a monthly cooking class for recently widowed members who would like to learn new skills in the kitchen as part of the initiative.

“The cooking class will be accompanied by expert presentations on dietary advice by local dietitians,” she said.

“Many of the Men’s Shed members are of the generation where men didn’t spend much time honing skills in the kitchen.

“However by recognising the intrinsic link between a healthy diet and wellbeing, members have shown interest in developing these skills in their later years to stay active and independent.”

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Ms Fredrickson said the initiative would help members to eat properly, maintain their health and wellbeing as well as be introduced to new social opportunities.

As well as monthly cooking classes members can join regular exercise programs.

“(They) will be co-ordinated by qualified Home Instead caregivers, with a focus on breaking stigmas relating to men’s health,” Ms Fredrickson said.

Directors Falon and Greg Fredrickson at their Home Instead Senior Care Sunshine Coast office in Maroochydore.
Directors Falon and Greg Fredrickson at their Home Instead Senior Care Sunshine Coast office in Maroochydore.

“This is what the collaboration between Home Instead and The Men’s Shed is all about.

“We feel Men’s Shed aligns perfectly with Home Instead values.”

The cooking classes launched on Monday and the exercise program will be available to members from March 24.