Child Nutrition Team educate young women about diabetes at Kungka Career Conference

Posted on Jul 3, 2012

Child Nutrition Team educate young women about diabetes at Kungka Career Conference

Child Nutrition Team educate young women about diabetes at Kungka Career Conference

Child Nutrition Workers presented a workshop at the 2012 Kungka Career Conference held in Yulara in April this year. The conference aimed to equip and educate young Anangu and Yarnangu women about; life skills, career pathways and how to maintain healthy mind, body and spirit. NPYWC’s nutrition team facilitated a workshop focused on sugar “sugar kura” (sugar is bad).

The impact of renal disease and diabetes is significant among Anangu and the CNP used the opportunity to raise awareness of the risk factors for these conditions. Helen Maher, Joy Woods and Kati Wiltshire worked together to produce a workshop that provided women with hands on and visual tools aimed at equipping participants with the knowledge to enable them to make good decisions about their health. The workshop identified specific risk factors that contribute to the development of diabetes, reinforced healthy eating messages and facilitated discussion around the positive effect this can have on their own health.

Child Nutrition Program educate Anangu about diabetes with the use of interactive activities and ‘felt man’ a resources designed by diabetes Australia

Child Nutrition Program educate Anangu about diabetes with the use of interactive activities and ‘felt man’ a resources designed by diabetes Australia

The workshop concepts required each participant to be aware of their own blood sugar level, and a blood glucose test provided the women with a tangible figure which enabled the participants to connect the concepts about healthy blood sugar ranges and how to control blood sugar levels with their diet. Activities included games of guessing sugar content of soft drinks, exposing participants to experience new types of healthy food, and the use of a Diabetes Australia tool ‘Felt Man’ to aid the conversation about the long term physical outcomes for elevated sugar levels.

The post conference evaluation showed that some participants had expressed a desire to look after their health and remarked that they had learned good food helps with this. We think this is a good outcome and feel that conferences such as these are great opportunities for early intervention and prevention. We are passionate to work with local communities to educate Anangu about how to make the right choices regarding nutrition and hope to see young people taking the initiative to support their own health.