Elderly people in Huddersfield and Calderdale are to be given a helping hand in the kitchen.

Age UK have been given £60,000 to run their Eatwell project for the next three years.

And it will allow them to get volunteers going into the homes of elderly people to show them how to cook healthy meals.

The Eatwell and Livewell Project will support older people whose health is suffering as a result of being underweight.

Local Age UKs in Doncaster, Calderdale and Kirklees will work with older people identified as having nutritional issues.

Andrew Fearnley, of Age UK, said: “The people we need to help are often on their own.

“Many older people tend to neglect healthy eating especially if they are on their own. They may have cooked hot meals if their husband or wife was around but once they are alone, they may not bother.

“The volunteers we aim to recruit will be people who can pass on basic cooking skills and show people how simple it can be to prepare a good, nutritional meal.

“They will visit the old person perhaps once or twice in their home and offer advice.

“We will also be trying to encourage some of them to come out once a week and enjoy a meal at our lunch clubs, where they get healthy food but also a chance to soclaiise.

“Statistics show that as many as one in six people over the age of 65 have health problems caused by poor nutrition”.

Here are some suggestions for foods to keep in your cupboards:

• Milk – long-life, dried, or evaporated milk; canned milky puddings.

• Meat and fish – canned corned beef, ham, sardines, salmon, pilchards, mackerel and tuna.

• Fruit, vegetables and fruit juice – a variety of canned fruit and vegetables (including baked beans), instant mashed

potato, dried fruits, long-life fruit juice.

• Lentils and beans such as dried or canned red kidney beans or chickpeas.

• Cereals – breakfast cereals, wholegrain crackers, oatcakes, plain biscuits as well as pasta and rice.

• Drinks – tea, coffee, cocoa, malted milk.

• Other – canned and dried soups, yeast extract (for example,

Bovril, Marmite or Vegemite).

And here’s a recipe for healthy chips:

Jazz up healthy chips with seasoning
Jazz up healthy chips with seasoning

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 30-40 minutes

Serves: 1

Traditional chips need a lot of fat for deep frying. These chips use fresh potatoes, plus a little olive oil, which contains unsaturated fat, and are full of vitamin C. You can also use some seasoning to jazz them up.


  • 1 medium-sized baking potato with skin
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • A sprinkling of black pepper, Cajun powder, curry powder or jerk powder


  1. Cut the potato into 6 even wedges.
  2. Put in a bowl and mix with the oil and optional spices.
  3. Place on a non-stick baking tray in a hot oven, gas mark 6/200°C/400°F for about 30–40 minutes, turning occasionally until crispy.

Serve with baked salmon or trout and frozen peas for a low-calorie Friday night treat.