Apunipima Cape York Health Council would like to thank all the young people who took part in our drawing competition last term about drinking water.
Apunipima staff visited Western Cape College Mapoon Campus during National Dental Health Week (7-13 August 2017) and yarned with students about the amount of sugar in drinks, and the impact of this sugar on our teeth and overall health.
Students were invited to take part in a local art competition, with the winners’ work being used to promote the #DrinkMoreWaterYoufla message in Mapoon. The winning drawings belonged to Alexiah, Elianah, Mahu and Tahmarni.
This activity was part of Apunipima’s Healthy Communities project, which aims to help make healthy choices the easy choice for people. The focus of the project is healthy drinks and smoke free spaces.
The Apunipima Australian Indigenous All Stars Basketball team visited Mapoon during the school holidays, running basketball workshops and health promotion activities with kids. This included promotion of our #SugaryDrinksProperNoGood and #DrinkMoreWaterYoufla messages as well as #DontMakeSmokesYourStory and #WhatsYourStoryCapeYork.
Other project activities carried out so far include education sessions around sugary drinks and water at Mapoon PCYC and Weipa Residential Campus, an information stall at Mapoon Rugapayne Store as part of NAIDOC Week, distributing ‘Drink More Water Youfla’ water bottles, stickers and wristbands, and planning for installation of and education around ‘no smoking’ signs for buildings in Mapoon.
Project activities will continue until early 2018. Apunipima is currently liaising with council to install chilled water bubblers inside three buildings, planning education sessions with workplaces/services around smoke free spaces, and discussing how the kids’ artwork competition images can be turned into local health promotion signs.
On the week starting 23 October 2017, Apunipima’s Healthy Communities team will be in Mapoon to develop a short video with community members to share local stories about water, sugary drinks, chronic disease, and health. If you would like to be involved in filming local stories, have ideas about what you would like to see in Mapoon, or want to know more about the project, please contact Deb Jia at the Mapoon Apunipima office.