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Thumbs Up! in Engawala!

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The Jimmy Little Foundation’s "Thumbs Up!" program will be visiting the Engawala community in October.

The Jimmy Little Foundation was established in 2005 by Dr. Jimmy Little AO to help bring about a healthier future for Indigenous Australians. Some of the Foundation’s previous work has included support and advocacy for renal patients in regional and remote areas and securing the funding to build the "Purple Bus", a mobile renal dialysis unit now based and working out of Alice Springs.

The Thumbs Up! program was developed by the Foundation to help educate young indigenous Australians about the benefits of healthy food and exercise in the prevention of chronic illness, so they can live long, healthy lives. Using a creative environment incorporating music, video and new media, Thumbs up! encourages and promotes healthy eating habits and active lifestyles and is now in over 60 communities across Australia.

The Thumbs Up! program employs a "whole of community" approach – where all key stakeholders and organisations working in the area are engaged to help reinforce the message of "Good Tucker - Long Life". These include government and non-government agencies, health and community services, stores and schools, elders groups and councils.

The Thumbs Up! music facilitators are all entertainers in their own right and the facilitators on the visit will include Golden Guitar award winner Kevin Bennett. Kevin has participated in many great Thumbs Up! music workshops and is planning to take part in a community performance as well as the school workshop.

The Thumbs Up! team also hope to be able to conduct a community cook-up to demonstrate how easy it is to prepare family meals on a budget, as an alternative to fast foods. The Foundation has many easy to prepare and tasty recipes available.

Visit the Thumbs Up! website for more info, videos of previous workshops and cook-ups, healthy eating recipes plus there is a comprehensive school teachers lesson plan guide prepared with the NT Dept of Education with heaps of fun activities for children to do.

www.thumbsup.org.au