Nutrition Programs

A commitment to healthy families has seen us develop one off nutritional programs to improve the health and wellbeing of the community.

Toddler Tucker

Delivered throughout 2013 and 2014 to the City of Swan, City of Cockburn, Beagle Bay, City of Joondalup and Goldfields and aimed at improving health outcomes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The program was designed to train health care workers, playgroup leaders, community officers etc. who work with families and carers with toddlers (1-3 years) to be facilitators of Toddler Tucker. Once trained, the facilitators educate families in their communities using the Toddler Tucker resources created. Aimed at improving the knowledge and skills of parents and carers to feed their toddler well in order to “grow em up strong”. Key messages included making the right nutritional choices for toddlers, sharing experiences and concerns about mealtimes and feeding their child, developmental milestones, the importance of health checks for children, education on how best to look after their children’s teeth and hygienic food preparation and practices.

The program was delivered with funding from the Department of Health and Ageing and with support from the David Wirrpanda Foundation, David Wirrpanda, Shannon McGuire and their children Marley and Eli.

Taste Bubs

Developed and tested to help parents understand how babies experience food and feeding, enable them to develop a feeding relationship based on trust, build on parents’ understanding of their child’s development, eating skills and behaviours and build their confidence about starting solids and moving from solids to family foods. Parents were encouraged to engage with the long term goal of growing a healthy eater and to understand their vital role in the journey. Long term the goal was for parents to understand the normal development of eating behaviours, encourage enjoyment of healthy eating, prevent development of eating difficulties and reduce non nutritious food preferences.

The initial pilot project was funded by the Telstra Foundation working with Child Health Nurses and families in Fremantle. Subsequent funding to continue the program was by the Department of Health and Ageing.

Lunch Box World

Designed to provide information about healthy lunch box food to parents and teachers using information collated from research, children, parents, teachers, testing and with the expertise and guidance of health education representatives. The goal of the program was to help parents choose suitable foods and prepare and store foods to keep them safe and appetising in the lunch box.

Parents were able to read about choosing healthy and tasty foods for their children, keeping lunch box food safe to eat, understand why some children don’t eat their lunch at school and what they could do to make lunch box food enjoyable and healthy. The information was also helpful for older children and adults who pack their own lunches.

Teachers were provided with teaching materials to act as a model and catalyst to enable teachers to develop and design learning experiences relevant and meaningful to students and enabled students to demonstrate learning outcomes of the Curriculum Framework for Kindergarten to Year 12 Education in Western Australia and support development of concepts related to Health and Physical Education, Science and Technology and Enterprise learning areas as well as requiring application of literacy and numeracy.

Developed with funding by the Department of Health WA Nutrition and Physical Activity Branch and a grant from the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, National Child Nutrition Program.