A Condobolin mum of six boys is celebrating after her artwork has been chosen to illustrate a new nutrition resource package designed to inform people about good food and how to cook on a budget.
The Food for Families nutrition resource package is being developed for use by Aboriginal Health workers and their communities across Western NSW. The project has been funded by the NSW Health Aboriginal Health Promotion Program and the Health Promotion Team has facilitated the development of the project.
A competition was held to choose artwork to illustrate the resource package and Condobolin resident, Ms Debra Callis, won with her fun illustrations of foods the family can enjoy. “It was great that one of the workshop participants developed the artwork for the final package” said Ms Lyndal O’Leary, Manager Health Promotion.
Ms Callis will on Tuesday (8 March) be presented a prize for her winning artwork by Jo Gardner, General Manager of the Healthy Kids Association.
To assist with the package development, Healthy Kids Association staff held a series of pilot workshops with locals from both Condobolin and Peak Hill communities. Recipes were tried in the workshops, and participants later cooked them at home with the help of their children. Participants also gave feedback to the project team following each workshop session.
“The program gave me ideas around easy and fun recipes to feed my family. I am still using these recipes today. My kids love them. I have adjusted my shopping list now and it enables me to make these healthy recipes affordable for my family”, said Isabel Coe, who took part in the Food for Families pilot workshops in Condobolin last year.
Under the project guidelines, the resource had to include foods that were locally available and affordable. Local families also helped identify specific diets and health needs in the community. Topics in the package include cooking skills, cooking with kids, information about eating well, using foods that are locally available and affordable, how to handle and store food safely, meal planning and shopping hints.
Orange Aboriginal Medical Service and Orange Community Health staff contributed to a section in the package for women during pregnancy. It includes information about good food to eat whilst pregnant and preparing food for the family,including young children.
Mr Paul Elbourne, Senior Manager, Aboriginal Health Program, said the Food for Families package and workshops will be a valuable resource for families and be extremely helpful when it comes to preparing family meals.
“With high rates of diabetes and heart disease and the cost of feeding a large family on a low budget, Aboriginal community members and workers can use the package to make the best use of what foods are affordable and available to them to feed their families,” he said.
“The package can also be used by Aboriginal community members and workers to educate and skill others in the community,” he added.
“The Food for Families program has provided a wonderful opportunity for a range of service providers including community members to work in partnership on a very worthwhile project,” said Ms O’Leary
For more information please call Paul Elbourne Senior Manager, Planning and Performance, Aboriginal Health Program, Western NSW Local Health Network
Tel: 02 63402344 Mob: 0429836160
Christine Hardwick, Health Promotion Officer, Health Promotion, Population Health, Bathurst
Tel: 02 63 395020