Queensland Health partnership
Poor eating behaviours and obesity levels are reaching alarming levels in Queensland. One in ten children are obese, the highest rate in the nation and 94% of children do not eat the recommended serves of vegetables. In addition, obesity rates are 39% higher for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Queensland.
These are among the key reasons why the Good Foundation is proud to be continuing its relationship with the Queensland Government to enable further roll out of Jamie's Ministry of Food program to more Queenslanders. Since 2012, more than 27,000 Queenslanders have attended a Jamie's Ministry of Food Course, cooking demonstration or community event with almost 12,000 completing a cooking skills course at the Ipswich Centre or Mobile Kitchen. The Queensland program has demonstrated proven effectiveness in increasing vegetable consumption and decreasing take away consumption in participants over the longer term.
The Queensland Government's continued commitment over three years until June 2018 will mean that another 12,000 Queenslanders will get to learn basic food and cooking skills and practical tips to help them achieve better health. Our Queensland Mobile Kitchen and Ipswich teams are looking forward to working with all communities particularly young people and Indigenous communities who are a key priority for the Queensland Government, to make sure we deliver the program to those people that need it most.
Current Queensland Location Hosted with Queensland Health:
Jamie's Ministry of Food Queensland Mobile Kitchen is currently finishing courses in Bundaberg and is currently seeking new locations for the rest of 2019.
Queensland Health supports the delivery of the program throughout Queensland and while in Bundaberg the program has also been supported locally by Stockland Bundaberg, and Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN.