FIVE local students have become healthy eating peer leaders after graduating from the first Stir It Up course for the Shoalhaven at the Illawarra TAFE institute on Thursday.
Barbie Meers, Madison Hopkins, Beth and Noreen Wellington and Natasha Bloxsome have graduated with their Certificate I in Access to Work and Training and will promote community healthy eating with the knowledge learned from the course.
The eight-week course teaches Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about the importance of community healthy eating habits, including the preparation of food, healthy breakfast options, daily water consumption and seasonal fruit and vegetables.
The graduates will host a range of volunteer food activity workshops at local schools and preschools, community gardens, expositions, cooking classes and more over the next year.
Graduating students and sisters Beth and Noreen Wellington from East Nowra said they want to open their own business now they have graduated.
“We want to make dips and food for jars, do nutritional workshops in schools and volunteer in kitchens,” said Noreen.
“Starting next week we will be working in a local preschool preparing food for children.
“[Graduating from Stir It Up] is such a big achievement,” she said.
After the success of this year’s Stir It Up course, the Illawarra TAFE institute in Nowra plan to run the course again next year.
The course was coordinated by Aboriginal Community Engagement officers Melissa Braddick from Cullunghutti Aboriginal Child and Family Centre in East Nowra, Robyn Tundall from NSW Health Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, Jenny Norman from Healthy Cities Illawarra and facilitated by Cheryl Patterson and Helen Simpson from Illawarra TAFE institute in Nowra.
For more information contact TAFE on 1300 766 123 or visit the website www.illawarra.tafensw.edu.au .