The Nutrition for One or Two Pilot Program was developed jointly through the Department of Education and Training in collaboration with the department in response to the growing recognition that maintaining good nutritional status in the elderly is a key preventative measure in maintaining health and function independence.
The Nutrition for One or Two Pilot Program aimed to enhance the nutritional content of home cooked meals for frail aged people accessing Home and Community Care services and to provide a positive community experience for all participants.
The program ran between April and September 2010 and provided a fun, creative and entertaining atmosphere where food preparation was made practical and easy.
Griffith University postgraduate student, Ms Teresa Clark, undertook the evaluation of the Nutrition for One or Two Pilot Program. The Evaluation Report outlines the positive outcomes of the evaluation. The majority of respondents indicated that participating in the Nutrition for One or Two Pilot Program had been a positive experience and had improved their nutritional knowledge, their understanding of appropriate foods, and their nutritional behaviour.
Based on the success of the program, the 20 additional programs will be conducted across Queensland before December 2011. Findings of the evaluation have informed the development of these programs.