Last year our Down South Aboriginal Health Service was successful in securing an Aurizon Community Grant to conduct a series of workshops in both Collie and Manjimup to teach our clients about healthy eating and healthy cooking.
Many of our clients are either at risk or living with diabetes and diet is a key component of successfully managing it and enjoying a full and healthy life. 75% of DSAH clients either have diabetes or chronic diabetes. Another 15% are borderline diabetic and could avoid it through diet. The Aboriginal population is particularly at risk of diabetes. And it is a leading cause of death among the community. By informing them on how to cook and eat well, health and wellbeing outcomes will be improved. This project over 6 weeks will deliver-healthy eating on a budget, portion control, eating the rainbow, reading labels, understanding the impact of salt & sugar on diabetes & how exercise impacts diabetes.
As part of the Deadly Food program, we will be running cooking demonstrations with air fryers to show participants healthy alternatives to their favourite foods. Each program (one in Collie and one in Manjimup), will have a maximum of 10 participants need to attend for all six weeks to eligible to take an air-fryer home with them at the end of the program.
We have been delighted to secure support and part-sponsorship from the Manjimup RetraVision. Weill bring you more news regarding their support in the next few weeks.
Deadly Food / Deadly You will run during March & April this year. This project will positively impact Aboriginal community members in Collie and Manjimup who generally experience higher levels of disadvantage. You can phone 9771 2260 if you are interested in attending.
GP down south is an exemplary not-for-profit community organisation. We have been providing health and wellbeing services in the Peel regions and the South West of WA since 1994.