Lifestyle. At Seven Up Youth Centre, the crew are learning the foundations of healthy eating while enjoying the fruits of their labour.
A new healthy eating program is being implemented at the after school centre with support from Treasure Chest, the Smithton Christian Fellowship run opportunity store.
Aiming to educate youth on the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, the program will focus on nutritional values, moderation, meal preparation, health and safety, and budgeting.
Treasure Chest will support the program with a donation of $500 to go towards fresh, wholesome ingredients.
“It has been hard to create space in the budget for good, healthy food at Seven Up, and cheese toasties were a bit of a staple for a long time,” says Dudley Billing, Seven Up Youth Centre coordinator.
“But now with this support, we can encourage kids to help cook and try new foods,” both at Seven Up and at home.
The welcoming scent of freshly cooked dishes wafting from the Nelson Street youth space has likely enticed students to visit, with the average attendance rate increasing from 16 to 20 in recent months.
Having so far featured bean burritos, jacket potatoes, stir-fries, pasta dishes, pita pizza, soup, banana pancakes, fruit salad and smoothies on the menu, the program is already proving to be a mouthwatering success.
The hub is focused on creating a safe space for youth to make positive lifestyle choices, says Dudley.
This includes the additions of Box-2B-Fit exercise classes and visits from social workers and drug and alcohol educators from Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation, Rural Health Tasmania and Family Youth and Community Connections.
Seven Up Youth Centre, Nelson Street is open to students in grades seven and up every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3 to 5pm and is sponsored by Patricia Dukes Foundation.