Male students at Weipa’s Western Cape College Residential Campus have the opportunity to learn practical skills in the kitchen with the aim to support lifelong healthy eating habits.
The Need for Feed program was developed by Diabetes Queensland for teenage students and has been modified for use in Cape York.
The program is back by popular demand after it was run at the Residential Campus in 2015 with the female students.
This program offers the chance to taste new recipes, master cooking skills, share local knowledge and enhance understanding and enjoyment of healthy foods.
‘The Need for Feed program is a practical way to engage with students about healthy eating and cooking. This program is a great way for students to become independent in the kitchen and learn to make healthy food choices,’ said Apunipima Community Nutritionist Kirby Murtha.
‘We know that many Australian children don’t consume a diet that supports healthy growth and learning. This program has a focus on increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables whilst increasing nutrition knowledge and taking place in a relaxed and supportive environment with their peers. Supporting healthy food behaviours from a young age can make a huge difference to health outcomes.’
Need for Feed runs throughout Term 1 and students got off to a flying start this week making fruit salad and healthy wraps. They will move on to other tasty options such as curry, sushi, omelette and stir-fry as the term progresses.
Upon completion of the program, students are supplied with a bag of cooking equipment so they can share their new skills with family and friends over the school holidays.
Western Cape College Residential Campus staff member Grant Smith said, ‘It is fantastic to see these students engaged in such a program, that will hopefully support them to make healthy choices, not just whilst at our Campus but in their own homes and communities into the future.’
The delivery of Need for Feed is a collaborative approach by Western Cape College, Apunipima Cape York Health Council, Diabetes Queensland and Queensland Health staff.