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Linking the growing of fruit, vegetables and bush tucker to a healthy, affordable and achievable lifestyle is the role of the EON healthy eating program, which is delivered to school children and adults in remote Indigenous communities in Western Australia.
The program's objectives are:
The project teaches:
The EON healthy eating program is a component of the EON thriving communities program which also includes:
Abstract adapted from Edge of Nowhere 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:
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