How NEST works
OzHarvest’s NEST program is an easy and fun way to learn healthy eating habits and how to cook simple and low-cost meals in just six weeks. Each NEST session is held at the same day and time each week for 2.5 hours. It includes fun interactive activities, practical cooking classes, and the sharing of a meal together. OzHarvest NEST is aligned with the Australian Dietary Guidelines and works with everyone to set realistic goals around healthy eating, which are reviewed and revised each week, so real and lasting change can be made.
The NEST team provides all the food, equipment and educational materials required to deliver the program. At the final workshop, everyone receives a certificate and a take home toolkit, with infographic fact sheets and the OzHarvest Everyday Cookbook – packed full of easy, budget-friendly, delicious and nutritious photo-based recipes (all of which cost less than $3.00 per serve). The NEST infographic fact sheet is translated into Arabic, Mandarin, Cantonese, Dari, Farsi, Greek, Italian, Russian, Tamil, and Urdu.
The impact of NEST
The NEST program has been formally evaluated as a sound evidence-based public health nutrition program that can help to promote cooking confidence, healthy eating, and food security. For more information, check out our recent NEST article published in Nutrients MDPI, an international peer-reviewed academic journal.
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