Nutrition

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Foodbank’s first priority is to provide food to people who would otherwise go without.  It is also committed to providing nutrient rich foods to maintain adequate growth and health outcomes as part of fighting food insecurity.

Foodbank works with its food industry partners and member agencies to provide healthy food choices to those seeking food assistance. We aim to monitor the nutrient quality of our supplies and, wherever possible, communicate the importance of good nutrition to our donors and member agencies. By doing so, we aim to decrease barriers to healthy food choices and improve our community’s health.

Nutrition is important to everyone but eating well is especially a challenge for those who are disadvantaged. Low-income people often don’t have the money, education or other resources to eat well. Less than optimal eating patterns contribute to overweight and obesity which in turn are associated with increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, many cancers, asthma and a host of other conditions.

Poor nutrition can also lead to developmental and growth problems in children and can lead a life of unfulfilled potential.

Foodbank WA’s Healthy Food for All ® program provides not only practical solutions to hunger, it also provides the skills required to make healthy food choices. Healthy Food for All ® promotes a healthy lifestyle for participants and includes Australia’ s largest state based  School Breakfast ProgramFood Sensations ® nutrition training and Choose to Move (a physical activity program).

These programs are delivered in Perth and throughout regional WA.  During 2012, Food Sensations® training was conducted in remote locations including Kalumburu, Punmu, Jigalong, Warakurna as well as all major regional centres.

To learn more about the School Breakfast Program or any of the Healthy Food for All ®initiatives click on the logo below.

 

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