New nutrition education program for parents
Foodbank WA has announced Healthway will fund a state-wide nutrition education program for disadvantaged parents of children from 0 to 5 years of age. The new state-wide Food Sensations for Parents Program is a FREE nutrition and cooking program designed to provide parents with an understanding of healthy eating for their children.
Early childhood is a crucial time to establish healthy eating behaviours for optimal health, growth and cognitive development. The program will address the challenges faced by many parents in the early years and provide practical information and skills to make positive changes at meal times, to improve health outcomes for young children.
Foodbank WA Public Health Nutritionist, Jennifer Tartaglia said, “We are very excited to have the opportunity to deliver a state-wide nutrition program that focuses on infant and child nutrition. The Food Sensations for Parents program is a fantastic hands-on nutrition and cooking program that will provide parents with the tools to give their children the best food and drink choices for good health”
“We recognise it is difficult for some parents, as they don’t have the food budgeting and cooking skills as well as limited knowledge to ensure they can provide healthy meals for their families”.
“The program tackles a wide range of topics including the food groups, label reading, fussy eating and the parents get the opportunity to cook a variety of dishes, so that they walk away with some fresh healthy ideas.”
Foodbank WA’s Food Sensations for Parents Program was initially established in 2016 in partnership with BHP for program delivery in the Pilbara region of WA with the generous funding from BHP. The Healthway funding will enable state-wide roll out of the program, which will benefit parents throughout WA.
For more information visit foodbankwa.org.au or watch Food Sensations for Parents Video Highlights Food Sensations Parents Program in the Pilbara.