Palya Mayi in Bidyadanga

Posted 7 Jun 2017.

Our Palya Mayi Project which officially launches on Wednesday June 14, is helping the remote Kimberley community of Bidyadanga make healthier food choices when shopping.

The Palya Mayi Project has been developed in partnership with Boab Health Services and the Community of Bidyadanga.

Palya Mayi translated from the Bidyadanga local language means Good Food. The Palya Mayi Project uses a label to help shoppers identify food within their local store which meets specific nutrition criteria. The label was designed by a local artist using the community’s totem - the emu.

The project also includes supportive activities to help educate the Bidyadanga community on eating well for good health.

Regular cooking demonstrations are held in the store using recipes developed specifically for community. All of the ingredients used in the demonstrations are available in the local store, giving people the opportunity to try new (and tasty) ways of preparing healthy tucker for their families.

So far, workshops have been run with local ranger and women’s groups and thanks to a Health Promotions Grant from Healthway, will now be extended further, with plans to implement the Palya Mayi label into the local swimming pool and school canteens.


For more info check out on the Palya Mayi Facebook page.

Find out more about the work we’re doing in the Kimberly region or contact our Regional Education Officer for the Kimberly, Liz on (08) 9192 9770.


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