Sijua Henaway is soon to start the Closing the Gap-Rocky Way, a healthy lifestyle program for Indigenous families.
Sijua Henaway is soon to start the Closing the Gap-Rocky Way, a healthy lifestyle program for Indigenous families. Sharyn O'Neill

Closing the gap with food

FOR Sijua Henaway, it's all about setting a good example and leading a healthy life that she can pass on to the next generation.

The 36-year-old is keen to sign-up to the next Closing the Gap-Rocky Way program, a joint initiative between Bidgerdii Community Health Service, TAFEQueensland and Queensland Health ATOD program.

The current program is helping 22 indigenous Rockhampton families change their lifestyle.

Sijua was a keen observer of yesterday's Good Tucker cooking classes to get a taste of what she's in for.

"I don't have any children myself, but I have a lot of nieces and nephews and extended family so it would be very good for them to pass the healthy eating down onto them while they are young," she said.

Elizabeth Doyle, who is already part of the program, said learning to not only cook healthy, but changing other habits in her life would make a huge difference.

"It's great to be learning something different each time and it's healthy which is something I can take home with me and show my children and grandchildren," she said.



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