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FOODcents for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (2005)


North Metropolitan Area Health Service


North Metropolitan Area Health Service




Resource package



FOODcents is an education program that aims to help families to to save money on their groceries and to achieve a healthy diet at the same time.

The program is based on the simple fact that the foods that are healthiest are also generally the cheapest per kilo to buy - fruit and vegetables, wholegrains and cereals. Meat and processed foods actually cost more per kilo as do cakes, sweets and other 'snack' foods.

This resource package was created as part of the FOODcents for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in WA program which is an adaptation of the Health Department of WA's mainstream FOODcents program. It includes:

There is now also an online FOODcents advisor training program which consists of seven fun, easy to follow, interactive modules.The modules are designed for those without a nutrition qualification. They cover essential background information on nutrition and the FOODcents program.

Copies of this resource are not available in hardcopy. The PDF of various resources can be downloaded from the links below.

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When to use this resource

The FOODcents program can be run as a one-off session, or as several sessions. Activities can be run for groups or individuals, and run them for existing groups who already meet regularly. Community FOODcents workshops can be designed to cover topics such as healthy eating, food budgeting, cooking and a supermarket tour.

The program can be run with a healthy eating, healthy weight and physical activity focus, which enables participants to learn how to make changes to the way they spend their food budget to achieve a healthy diet and lifestyle and to save money on their food bill.

Contact details

The Nutrition Coordinator
Population Health, Department of Health
PO Box S1296
Perth WA 6845
Ph: (08) 9224 1625


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Last updated: 20 October 2015
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