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ALPA Nutrition Update – October 2014

On the 29th September – 4th October, the Galiwin'ku community held its annual Healthy Lifestyle Festival. It was a busy, fun and educational week with each day dedicated to a different health theme; healthy homes, yaka ngarali, safe gambling, exercise and healthy eating and healthy minds. ALPA nutrition decided to educate community members about healthy eating through cooking lessons over three separate days. Meals included kangaroo stir-fry, vegetable omelettes, moroccan fish, beef and vegetable rissoles and vegetable skewers, as well as plenty of gapu, fresh orange juice and fruit. The lessons were lots of fun and everyone left with full bellies and some new healthy recipe ideas. Also on each afternoon of the festival, fruit was cut up and handed out to children playing on the jumping castles with the idea of getting healthy eating messages spread amongst the younger population. A massive thank you to Lara from Darwin Dietitians who I partnered with for the cooking lessons, to the Baby Hub ladies for helping cut up fruit each afternoon and to all those who came to the cooking lessons and helped attract their families and friends to join in!