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Living strong: healthy lifestyle cookbook (2008)


Charteris D, Elwell M, Robertson H, Duffy L, Conchin S, Griffin L, McLachlan G, Tropical Population Health Services


Queensland Health







The Living strong: healthy lifestyle cookbook was developed in response to requests from clients attending the Healthy Weight and Living Strong programs that have been successfully conducted in Queensland since 2005. The programs were designed specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults. Clients of the programs felt there was a need for a cookbook with healthy recipes to complement the program and to assist them in making healthier choices when preparing meals for their families.

The cookbook provides a variety of healthy recipes including some traditional cooking ideas. The recipes are provided to encourage people to use more vegetables, fruit, lean meat and fish to make quick and easy nutritious meals. For each of the recipes there is information provided about the number of serves of fruit and vegetables. The cookbook shows steps by step instructions for each recipe with coloured photographs and tucker tips.

Training in the Living Strong Program has ceased, but the cookbook is still available via the links below.

The program is still being delivered in Queensland and New South Wales.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

When to use this resource

This cookbook can be used by health workers promoting healthy eating in rural, remote and urban communities. It is useful for group classes, to get the participants to help prepare the meals, and the recipes can also be used for demonstrations. The cookbooks can also be used by individuals who would like to have some simple healthy recipes at home.

Contact details

Queensland Health
Queensland Health Building
147-163 Charlotte Street
Brisbane Qld 4000
GPO Box 48
Brisbane Qld 4001
Ph: (07) 3234 0111


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Last updated: 10 November 2016
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