WHAT WE DO
QCWA Country Kitchens aims to support people living in Queensland to improve their health by adopting healthier lifestyle practices.
The QCWA Country Kitchens program engages and up-skills QCWA members with the aim of building capacity to support the community towards increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption.
The 2018 Chief Health Officer’s report has identified maintaining a healthy weight is a challenge for many Queenslanders—1 in 4 children and 2 in 3 adults are overweight or obese. Obesity in children living in disadvantaged areas was 2.5 times that of those in advantaged areas.
Less than 10% of Queenslanders eat sufficient vegetables and more than 1/3 of daily energy consumed comes from unhealthy food.
Many Queenslanders are keeping active with 60% of adults sufficiently active for health benefit. Adults need to sustain physical activity throughout their life to stay healthy longer. Most children (71%) are active on four or more days per week, however, less than half (41%) are active daily—free-time and schools are key settings for daily activity.
The QCWA has a high civic profile and strong connection with local communities throughout Queensland. This extensive network and membership base will provide an excellent platform to deliver healthier cooking and skills development programs to support Queenslanders to cook healthier meals at home.
The Queensland Government is funding the program for an extended period until June 30, 2019.
Over the past three-years, the program was delivered to over 80 regional, rural and remote communities by our QCWA Country Kitchens team. The program successfully promotes healthier eating through 5 key messages and encourages local QCWA members (already excellent advocates) to encourage their own friends, families and local community members to change their unhealthy behaviours.
The recent evaluation report completed by Monash University in June 2018 concludes that the Hands On Nutrition Workshops have improved the consumption of both fruit and vegetables in participants. Food literacy and the measurement of community capacity building with this volunteer association was measured with important findings. Please use our contact us page if you would like a copy of the 2018 QCWA Country Kitchens Evaluation Report.