Volunteers support healthy eating by delivering simple, easy-to-understand messages and practical skills.
To become a Foodie, you need to undertake 24 hours of training – generally one four hour session each week, for six weeks. The training is free of charge, and delivered by a Foodie Coordinator. The training covers:
- A social view of health (taking a broad view of what makes us healthy – for example, having a house and enough money also affects our health)
- Basic nutrition with a focus on the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating
- Food safety
- Group work and presentation skills
- Planning and evaluation skills
- An opportunity for all Foodies to practice a presentation they would like to give in the community
Once Foodies have completed their training they are registered as volunteers of UCWB or with an organisation UCWB is partnering with and work in partnership with workers from the setting/site they are working in and/or other Foodies to promote healthy eating in the community.
Foodie Coordinators provide advice and assistance around implementing and planning Foodie activities and programs, and can also support through debriefing Foodies about their experiences.