In 2016-2017 in the southern suburbs of Adelaide, Marion Uniting Church in collaboration with Flinders University and Uniting Care Wesley Bowden (Community Foodies) ran four repeats of a six week Healthy Eating programs for families with pre-school aged children. In collaboration with a Community Development Worker and Community Foodies, the sessions included separate and combined activities for parents/carers and children.
A range of topics were covered across the programs including dealing with fussy eaters, how to get kids eating more veggies, appropriate portion sizes, children’s changing requirements, healthy breakfasts, snacks and drinks, and how to deal with marketing/peer pressure on food choice. Sessions involved discussion, presentation and a hands on food-prep session, providing a meal for everyone at the end of each week.
Children were guided through food play activities and taught the ‘Eat A Rainbow‘ principle, being exposed to different coloured fruits and veggies over the program with the opportunity to see, smell, touch and taste a range of new foods.
Upon conclusion of our funding grant from Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, ownership of the ‘Family, Food and Fun’ program has been handed over to Uniting Care Wesley Bowden. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in hosting a program.
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