Carnarvon community comes together for great food

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Our dietetics team in Geraldton have been busy for the last year, working with members of the Carnarvon Aboriginal community to create healthy, homemade meals using fresh local ingredients. 
This month they celebrated the launch of the 'Ngarlgu' recipe collection at the Carnarvon Community Senior Citizens Hall on Wednesday 18 January. Approximately 20 members of the local community, as well as representatives from Carnarvon Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation (CMSAC) and the dietitians from 360 Health + Community’s Geraldton office were in attendance for the launch, which also included a community consultation session and a healthy cooked lunch. 

The recipe booklet, which contains 14 recipes that were selected, shared and refined by local Aboriginal women in Carnarvon, is the result of a 12 month project jointly supported by 360 and CMSAC and funded by Healthway.

The project, which was run throughout 2016, involved monthly community cooking sessions and the development of a recipe booklet to promote home cooking and healthy eating within the community. The artwork featured in the booklet was created by the local artists in attendance and showcases Carnarvon’s rich array of locally grown fresh produce that features in the recipes.

The recipes published vary from more traditional foods such as stew and damper with a modern twist, to newly tested coconut rice pudding and salad recipes. All recipes were chosen and modified in an effort to increase nutritional quality by reducing added salt and sugars and increasing fruit, vegetable and fibre content.

It is intended that the recipe booklet will be used to promote healthy eating and cooking locally, being utilised within future health promotion projects and at the AMS dietetics clinic. An electronic copy of the booklet is also accessible on CMSAC’s and 360’s website for wider distribution.

The success of the project has already sparked the development of new cooking and nutrition projects within Carnarvon, with plans underway to develop further programs for 2017.

A copy of the recipe booklet can be downloaded here.

For more information about this project please speak to the dietitians at 360 Health + Community Geraldton on 9960 6800.
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