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Good Start Resources

The Good Start Program has co-designed culturally tailored resources for Maori and Pacific Islander families and communities. Our resources are low literacy and provide our families and communities with nutrition information through a cultural lens.

Please find below some web links to our valuable resources to support families, communities and health professionals supporting families, to live a healthier lifestyle. Simply click on each link to expand it for more information.

For families

Good Start to Life information

Children’s health information

MPI Team bookletThe Maori and Pacific Islander (MPI) Team booklet uses cartoons characters from 7 different cultural backgrounds and Tabu (the villain) to explain the importance of healthy eating and physical activity.

MIP Team booklet

 

MPI Health Challenge bookletThis resource is a simple diary distributed to children to monitor their daily physical activity and nutrition intake. This helps the children to become more aware of their lifestyle choices and see any progressive changes they have made.

MIP Team Health Challenge booklet

Activity Warriors’ bookThis book has various nutrition and physical activities to encourage children to adopt healthy behaviours. Activities revolve around key messages of drinking less sugary drinks, smaller portion sizes, be more active and eat more vegetables.

MPI Team Activity Warriors’ book

Island Quest board gameThis culturally tailored board game has been developed to be used with a group of children for nutrition and physical activity education.

The children are told that they have to make their journey home from school, but are warned that Tabu the villain, is on the island and trying to turn all the food unhealthy. The game includes ‘Quest Cards’, which contain questions and physical challenges.

Contact us to hire the board game.

Family health information

Good Start Kai recipe bookThe Good Start Kai cook book is full of healthy recipes for healthy Maori and Pacific Islander families.

Introduction – About the Good Start Kai cook book

Pepe food

Tumeke toddlers

Kai for the whanau

Maori and Pacific Islander Guide to Healthy LivingThis guide provides culturally tailored information about healthy eating, physical activity and healthy lifestyle for Maori and Pacific Islander families.

Maori and Pacific Islander Guide to Healthy Living

For health professionals

Healthy Pregnancy Taro LeafThis resource is a cultural adaptation of the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating and is specific to pregnant Mums.

Background
The background is a woven pandanus mat, a traditional floor covering used at meal times or for community meetings.

The plate
A heart shaped taro leaf was chosen in place of a plate as it is a staple vegetable eaten (both root and leaves) across the Pacific.

Foods
The foods selected are similar to those included in the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating however, there are variations easily recognised by Maori and Pacific Islander people.

Healthy Pregnancy Taro Leaf

Healthy Taro LeafThis resource is a cultural adaptation of the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating.

Background
The background is a woven pandanus mat, a traditional floor covering used at meal times or for community meetings.

The plate
A heart shaped taro leaf was chosen in place of a plate as it is a staple vegetable eaten (both root and leaves) across the Pacific.

Foods
The foods selected are similar to those included in the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating however, there are variations easily recognised by Maori and Pacific Islander people.

Healthy Taro Leaf

Blank Taro LeafThis education tool is used in conjunction with food models for school and community activities.

Participants learn different food groups and portions sizes by placing food appropriately on the leaf.

Blank Taro Leaf

Contact details

t: 07 3310 7800 
e:
 goodstart@health.qld.gov.au