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National Nutrition Week 2013

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National Nutrition Week is a key event for Nutrition Australia and sees us adopt a different theme annually, in order to promote healthy eating to all areas of the community.  National Nutrition Week coincides with World Food Day, held on October 16th, and in 2013 will run from October 13th – 19th under the theme PROJECT DINNERTIME – COOK.EAT.ENJOY.


What is Project Dinnertime?

Project Dinnertime is a food skills program encompassing the overarching themes: Cook, Eat, Enjoy. With a major aim to improve knowledge, skills and confidence in the kitchen, Project Dinnertime will empower individuals by helping to establish the basics of healthy food preparation from home.

Project Dinnertime addresses the overarching themes as follows:

Cook: Develop skills and confidence to cook meals from scratch. This includes learning basic food safety principles, following recipes, and learning how to identify healthy recipes based on ingredients and preparation methods. There is a strong emphasis on choosing budget conscious meals with a focus on seasonal variety.

Eat:  Appreciate the tastes and textures of wholesome foods. Develop a greater depth of knowledge in reading and understanding food labels and making healthy choices in the supermarket.

Enjoy: Experience the celebration and social/emotional connectedness that food brings. This can build and strengthen family relationships around the dinner table.

Project Dinnertime during National Nutrition Week

During National Nutrition Week, Nutrition Australia ACT Division will launch the Project Dinnertime Kit that can be freely downloaded from the National website at

Project Dinnertime Kit

The kit will be primarily targeted to schools and organisations by providing them with the tools required to facilitate practical hands-on cooking workshops. The Project Dinnertime Kit will also include a range of fact sheets and recipes that align with the concept including;

  • cooking on a budget;
  • making healthy food choices the easy choice;
  • kitchen and pantry basics and;
  • recipe ‘building blocks’ which will give consumers the concept of a basic recipe structure which can be easily modified to suit individual tastes, cultures and nutritional requirements.

What is happening in Qld Schools for Nutrition Week?          

With the support of Education Qld, NAQ Nutrition Food Smart Schools program will make available a classroom resource kit aimed at middle primary school students which has them exploring the theme for this year’s National Nutrition week ‘Project Dinner Time  – Eat, Cook, Enjoy’.

The kit includes the following resources;

  • Exploring the concept of dinnertimes throughout the generations of their family.
  • Delving into the world of vegetables and ways to incorporate them into their daily life.
  • Activity to Design a Healthy Tuckshop Menu Item which focuses on meeting the requirements of the Smart Choices strategy which aligns with the key concepts of the Australia
  • Activity to Design a  Healthy Dinner Meal, focusing on key concepts of the new Australian Dietary Guidelines

Competition Outline

The two “design” activities in the kit will form the basis of the Nutrition Week competition.  Students can choose to enter one or both of the design challenges.

  • Design a Healthy Tuckshop Menu Item
  • Design a Healthy Dinner Meal

All students that complete these design challenges will be eligible to win prizes on behalf of their class or school. Students will be judged on the nutritional quality, balance, variety and creativity of their dinner meals and tuckshop menu items and their explanation of the importance of the items they have chosen.

How do I get involved?

For more information or to access the Nutrition Week resource kit, contact Erin Lumby at NAQ Nutrition at [email protected] or 07 3257 4393.

So get involved in 2013 and  COOK.EAT.ENJOY