Welcome to QCWA Country Kitchens
The Queensland Country Women’s Association’s Country Kitchens program is a health promotion program supporting communities across Queensland to adopt healthier lifestyle behaviours.
It is a partnership between the QCWA and Health and Wellbeing Queensland, funded by the Queensland Government.
Our team of Dietitians and Nutritionists provide a training PATHway and support to QCWA members who volunteer to become facilitators of the program. Country Kitchens facilitators run health promotion activities in their local communities and partner with organisations such as schools, local councils and a wide range of community groups.
Activities include static and interactive displays, healthy cooking demonstrations and hands on nutrition workshops.
Every Country Kitchens activity promotes one or more of the programs 5 key messages; get more fruit and veg into your meals; cook at home; be aware of sugar in your drinks; check your portion size and sit less, move more. This is how the QCWA’s Country Kitchens program is improving food and nutrition literacy, and importantly, influencing behavioural change at a grass roots level.
A central part of the program is the creation of healthy recipes. QCWA members and the Country Kitchens team have created a raft of delicious healthy alternatives, or modifications to everyday recipes to show Queenslanders just how easy it is to make healthier choices.
Since 2015, the program has been evolving, with more than 300 QCWA members completing one or more of the PATHway training modules, resulting in QCWA branches delivering more than 1700 community-based health promotion activities.
Today, the Country Kitchens program continues to develop training and localised health promotion resources for Branch Facilitators to deliver in communities across Queensland.
This is how the QCWA’s Country Kitchens program connects women with the power to heal their communities.
QCWA branch members can download the Country Kitchens QCWA Events Members' Recipe Booklet
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