P.T.A. partners with the E.O.N. Foundation as a supporter and advocate helping raise awareness of E.O.N.’s Thriving Communities Program for remote Indigenous communities and schools. Based in Western Australia, E.O.N.’s Thriving Communities Program is an early intervention, nutrition-based healthy lifestyle and disease prevention program focused on young Indigenous Australians and their families.
E.O.N. works in partnership with communities and their schools to construct and maintain edible gardens and deliver gardening, nutrition education, cooking and hygiene programs. The Foundation focuses on practical, sustainable programs, and works in community every fortnight for five years to support the program’s longevity, reputation, and suitability. E.O.N. takes a holistic approach to addressing the problems of food insecurity and poor nutrition in remote communities by integrating four complementary components: E.O.N. Edible Gardens, E.O.N. Healthy Eating, E.O.N. Training and Education, and E.O.N. Healthy Homes.
E.O.N.’s holistic, early intervention program gives children a leg up – improving their experience in school and in turn, their future work and life opportunities. This is particularly vital in remote communities, where more than half of Indigenous Australian families do not meet their recommended daily fruit intake, and 92 per cent do not meet their daily vegetable intake. Malnutrition and undernourishment are major contributing factors to chronic disease and high mortality rates in Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander communities.
E.O.N. currently operates in 16 communities in the Pilbara and the Kimberly region.
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