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Healthy Food Awareness Program



The Healthy Food Awareness Program was designed for people with obesity, diabetes, renal disease and other chronic illness. It was developed to promote healthy eating and increase physical activity, and to target other lifestyle factors that have a negative impact on health, such as smoking.

Run one day a week at the Dharah Gibinj Aboriginal Medical Service (now known as Casino Aboriginal Medical Service) and at the local outreach clinics, sessions were held in a comfortable environment so participants could discuss and ask questions about diet and exercise and other health-related issues. The use of visual aids such as a sheep's heart from the local abattoir, and performing lung function tests were highly successful strategies for illustrating the healthy messages.

Part of the success of the Healthy Food Awareness Program was that it was delivered not just in Dharah Gibinj in Casino, but in communities up to 100 kilometres away.

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Casino Aboriginal Medical Service
43 Johnston Street
PO Box 14
Casino NSW 2470
Ph: (02) 6662 3514
Fax: (02) 6662 4849

Related publications

Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW (2009)

10 out of 10 deadly health stories: nutrition and physical activity.

Surry Hills, NSW: Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW

The 10 out of 10 deadly health stories - nutrition and physical activity booklet presents 10 successful nutrition and physical activity programs from New South Wales (NSW) Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs). Programs ranged from cooking classes (Cooking Classes for Diabetes Program) and teaching of life skills (Healthy Lifestyle and Weight Management Program), to community based activities (Fruit and Vegetable Program and Market Garden and Building Healthy Communities Project). Despite the diversity in health topics they all shared several features, namely all were developed and tailored to meet needs identified by the Aboriginal communities in which the ACCHSs are located, and all have taken a 'holistic' approach.

The booklet was developed, produced and distributed by the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (AHMRC) of NSW and funding was provided by the Australian Department of Health and Ageing.

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Last updated: 18 July 2017
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