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May Wiru Sugar Challenge Update: May 2015

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Achievements on the APY Lands to Date (May 2015)

 The Foundation has agreement with three Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara communities, Pipalyatjara, Kanpi and Kaltjiti/Fregon, to develop the Sugar Challenge Project. Also commitments from the Mai Wiru Board, the local store executives and the employed staff in these stores to cooperate with, and to provide support to the project.

The Foundation has established supportive relationships with the regional Anangu organisations: Nganampa Health Council, NPY Women’s Council, APY Council, PY Media, Ananguku Arts and Regional Anangu Services.

The Foundation has established supportive relationships with government: SA TAFE, SA Education Dept., Dept. of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Dept. of FaCSIA; and non-government organisations: Diabetes Australia, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, Port Adelaide Football Club Indigenous Program.

Most importantly the Foundation has connected with community members and engaged them in the conversation aimed at improving health by reducing sugar. Several people have indicated interest in workng on the project.

The stores and communites of Pipalyatjara, Kanpi and Fregon are ready to begin the implementation of the Sugar Challenge Foundation. We are currently aiming to employ Anangu nutrition workers in the community stores to educate and advise shoppers regarding shopping for a low sugar diet, advise store management re low-sugar product substitution, work with Women’s Council and the schools educating women and children about sugar, and develop and implement strategies to assist the community members to reduce their consumption of sugar.

We are very grateful to everyone who has contributed to the Foundation so far. We have only been able to progress as far as we have because of your assistance. We look forward to marching forward and sharing more information as soon as it comes to hand.

Kindest Regards,

Damon and John Tregenza

www.MaiWiruFoundation.org

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