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EON thriving communities program
The aim of the EON thriving communities program is the promotion of healthy lifestyle choices to reduce chronic disease. There are four components to the program:
- EON edible gardens: teaches the planting and growing of fruit, vegetable, medicine plants and bush tucker gardens in remote communities and schools
- EON healthy eating: links the EON edible gardens growing of fruit, vegetables and bush tucker to a healthy, affordable and achievable lifestyle, teaching participants and their families the nutritional value of fruit and vegetables, how to prepare and cook healthy food, and the importance of good nutrition in maintaining good health
- EON healthy homes: links the health and disease prevention components learnt in the EON edible gardens and EON healthy eating programs to personal and home hygiene, teaching community members about home hygiene skills as well as providing the materials needed to keep homes safe and clean
- EON training and education: provides formal and informal skills and training, delivered by EON Project Mangers in their fortnightly visits to communities, building community capacity and confidence required to support healthy lifestyle changes, community ownership, sustainability and life-long wellness of a community.
Several remote Indigenous communities in the Kimberley region of Western Australia are taking part in the project. Not all communities are currently participating in all components of the program. The first step is implementing EON edible gardens, which form the foundation of EON thriving communities.
Abstract adapted from Edge of Nowhere Foundation
EON Foundation Inc.
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PO Box 1100
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Ph: (08) 6313 5700
KPMG Australia (2013)
Evaluation of the Thriving Communities program in six Kimberley communities: final report.
Perth, WA: EON Foundation
The Evaluation of the Thriving Communities program in six Kimberley communities: final report aims to provide an assessment of the process and outcomes of the four EON Foundation programs ran in the communities of Djarindjin/Lombadian, Ardyaloon, Beagle Bay, Yungngora, Looma and Kadjina. The report aims to demonstrate the benefits of the program to the EON board and future funders, and reflect on lessons learnt.
The Thriving Communities program consists of four components that are designed to reduce the risk of chronic disease:
- EON Edible gardens
- EON Healthy eating
- EON Training and education
- EON Healthy homes.
The findings of the evaluation conclude that whilst program outcomes are hard to measure, a community development approach that values long term engagement is the method most likely to be effective in tackling chronic disease.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract