Over 100 delegates, including 21 staff from EASC Children & Family Services Team attended the launch of the 'Eat Every Colour' DVD as part of the ‘We grow them up! Festival’ held at Darwin Convention Centre on Monday 4 & Tuesday 5 June 2012.
The ‘Eat Every Colour’ DVD, is a result of a Hip Hop Nutrition Program led by Nina Tan in partnership with East Arnhem Shire Council & Anglicare NT.
Made and produced in the community of Gunyangara (Ski Beach), the ‘Eat Every Colour’ DVD combines Hip Hop music with nutrition education to encourage children to eat healthy foods.
Ms Tan said “The East Every Colour project used hip hop music which kids enjoy, to create a fun way for kids to learn about healthy food”
“The children really enjoyed the music and learning the words, and without us asking them to, some of the kids started making posters with drawings of some of the key messages of the songs”.
“Children would come up to me at the workshops and show me the fruit and vegetables they were eating and how they related to the words of the song and list healthy foods that they were going to try and eat more of instead of unhealthy foods such as soft drinks” Ms Tan said.
East Arnhem Shire Council Regional Manager for Children & Family Services, Diane Kearney said, "This is a true collaboration of services over 3 years that has built on relationships with community and other agencies".
"This fantastic resource will be used in an interactive way for children to learn about the importance of healthy eating".
Hosted by Anglicare NT, The ‘We grow them up! Festival’ celebrated indigenous & non-indigenous child rearing practices specifically in East Arnhem Land.
The jam packed two day program saw lively discussions about the importance of wellbeing, safety and health of children as well and the importance of men’s roles in child rearing. Speakers also included Community Leaders, Assoc. Professor Fiona Arney, Head of Child Protection Research, Dr Howard Bath, NT Children’s Commissioner and Shellie Morris, Entertainer and Ambassador for the Fred Hollows Foundation.
The Hip Hop Nutrition project is a partnership between East Arnhem Shire Council, Marngarr Womens Resource Centres, the Gunyangara Community and Anglicare NT. Funded by Communities for Children East Arnhem, an activity of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Family Support Program.