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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Thumbs up! Schools program



In September 2009 the Jimmy Little Foundation launched the Uncle Jimmy's Thumbs up! School program to promote healthy eating. The program is aimed at Indigenous school age children 5 to 16 years of age, and hopes to encourage them to make better and healthier food and drink choices, particularly in regard to:

The Jimmy Little Foundation and the Fred Hollows Foundation, in association with project partners Arnhem Land Progress Association (ALPA), the Australian Red Cross and the Northern Territory Department of Education piloted the program in four remote communities:

The Thumbs up! School program continues to be rolled out in schools and communities across Arnhem Land and the Northern Territory with signage and Jimmy Little Thumbs up! messages in all ALPA and Outback Stores. The program is soon to be introduced in stores in Western Australia, South Australia and Far North Queensland.

The program uses music and multimedia workshops, concerts and cooking classes with senior community women to get the message across to the children.

Abstract adapted from The Jimmy Little Foundation


The Jimmy Little Foundation
PO Box 3153
Asquith NSW 2077
Ph: (02) 9476 0074

Related publications

UncleJimmyThumbsUp (2013)

Ntaria - Uncle Jimmy & Milpa say.

: Jimmy Little Foundation

This educational music video aims to deliver the message of 'good tucker, long life', as well as teach children to keep their faces clean to help stop the spread of trachoma.

It was filmed in Ntaria in the Northern Territory and features local community members and trachoma mascot, Milpa the goanna.

It was produced by the Jimmy Little Foundation in collaboration with the University of Melbourne's Indigenous Eye Health Unit.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Last updated: 2 November 2015
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