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Indigenous chef Mark Olive launches healthy food vans

Date posted: 14 October 2013

Indigenous celebrity chef Mark Olive has launched a healthy food van initiative that he hopes will improve the health of Indigenous Australians.

When the 25-tonne van hits the road in January stopping at regional Victorian towns, Olive aims to show entire communities that that good quality food is everywhere. 'I think the concept of eating our coat of arms - it's a no brainer. Protein low fat is great for you, great iron content,' said Indigenous celebrity chef Mark Olive.

The Ministry of Food van will spend the next two and a half years travelling the state, with on-site cooking courses that are designed to help Australians tackle obesity.

'Australia is one of the most obese countries in the world so we do need to get back to basics here and start cooking meals from scratch and looking after our bodies,' said Alicia Paeardon from Jamie's Ministry of Food.

Mark Olive believes the van concept could go a long way to improving the health of Indigenous Australians. 'I think this is really encouraging Indigenous people to get involved,' said Mr Olive. 'It would be great to see these vans go to Indigenous communities, especially into remote areas to educate kids about the healthy aspects of food.'

The van will visit Bendigo first before travelling to Whittlesea.

Source: SBS News


Last updated: 14 October 2013
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