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A-B See with Wor-Ra-Kee (Karuah Family Nutrition and School Access Project)
The aim of this project was to improve the nutritional status and educational achievement of preschoolers, school-aged children and adolescents in the Karuah Aboriginal community in New South Wales.
The program was initiated in response to community concern about lack of attendance at school, and absenteeism, concentration and learning issues related to poor nutrition. Community access to varied, affordable food was limited by lack of transport to travel to the shops and money to spend there.
The project's aim was to improve the nutritional status and educational achievement of preschoolers, school-aged children and adolescents in the community. Objectives included:
- achieving good school attendance and concentration through regular access to nutritious food
- awareness in the community of the link between healthy eating and doing well at school
- building healthy nutrition practices and knowledge in the community
- overcoming child health, hearing and nutrition problems by improving the assessment of children's growth and health
- strengthening involvement of other services and sponsors.
Some results of the program include:
- increased understanding of food preparation and healthy recipes, as well as increased access to information on food and health
- absenteeism significantly reduced and suspension days almost halved at school
- Aboriginal workers employed from the community had the opportunity to participate in food safety and child protection training
- a Koori Women's Group was established, which provides informal opportunities to discuss cooking, food and grocery shopping.
Abstract adapted from the Department of Health
Corporate Planning and Risk Management
Hunter New England Area Health Service
Locked Bag No 1
New Lambton NSW 2305
Ph: (02) 4985 5908
Fax: (02) 4921 4833
Brady D, Angus N (2006)
A-B See with Wor-Ra-Kee (Karuah Family Nutrition and School Access Project).
Canberra: Australian Department of Health and Ageing
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