Issue 20
Monday, 20 November 2017
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Actor Rob Collins and Northern Territory Administrator Vicki O’Halloran with students from Galiwin’ku
Actor Rob Collins and Northern Territory Administrator Vicki O’Halloran with students from Galiwin’ku

Thumbs up for GOOD TUCKER app

By Melody Song

A free healthy food app designed to help people in remote Indigenous communities make healthier choices at the local store was launched recently in Darwin.

The GOOD TUCKER app was launched at the Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre and attended by newly sworn in Northern Territory Administrator Mrs Vicki O’Halloran, local members Tony Sievers and Kate Worden, and Logie award-winning Territory actor Rob Collins as well as students from Galiwin’ku.

Menzies School of Health Research Associate Professor Julie Brimblecombe said the free app was an easy way to make healthier food choices.

“It’s not just for people in remote communities,” she said. “It can help everyone make healthier choices.”

The app, developed by Menzies with the University of South Australia and Uncle Jimmy Thumbs Up! built on work promoting healthy diets to Indigenous children for more than a decade.

The app is a first for remote communities and anyone trying to find the healthiest tucker. The Thumbs rating is derived from a combination of the products’ Health Star Rating and Australian Bureau of Statistics’ discretionary food classification.

It works by scanning a product barcode and shows at a glance how healthy or unhealthy a product is with a simple thumbs up, sideways or down message.

The app is available from the Apple or Google Play Store. Visit http://thumbsup.org.au/good-tucker/ for more information.