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Mothers in the North Coast Local Region of Queensland are creating healthier eating habits, thanks to a program run at the Gympie South Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Playgroup, the Yan Gari tucker project.
Yan Gari, which means deadly tucker, ensures mums are equipped with knowledge in nutrition, food practices, food safety and personal hygiene, with a focus on the traditional and contemporary food and cooking of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
Facilitator Alicia Robinson said it has been beneficial to mums and their kids. 'It's all about being able to cook healthy meals on a budget. Good nutrition is important throughout life, from the time we are born through to old age,' she said.
Coloma Aboriginal Services Incorporated president Aunty Lillian Burke said it was hoped more projects would evolve in the future. 'The project has worked out really well...the ladies are all heavily involved and we are hoping to produce a recipe book in the future. I would like to see consultation with grass-roots people to create more projects.'
All of the participants involved will graduate from the program in December.
The project is funded by the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs (DATSIMA) to support the North Coast Local Region Closing the gap action plan.
Source: The Gympie Times