As part of Odyssey’s (Auckland) Living Well programme, the menus and food set-up for all their residential services are being reviewed.  The initiative has been seen as an opportunity to include tāngata whai ora in the development of menus that they will use over the coming summer months.

Reviewing the menus has involved consultation with tāngata whai ora and staff around what is currently working well and areas where they’d like to see changes, as well as holding meetings to gather meal and recipe ideas from residents – the aim is to create menus that support healthy lifestyles, recovery, skills development, and of course provide food that people want to eat! A dietitian has been consulted to ensure the menus are meeting residents’ dietary requirements.

By working in partnership, residents gain skills in understanding nutrition and the use of seasonal food to enhance their physical health.

By working in partnership, residents gain skills in understanding nutrition and the use of seasonal food to enhance their physical health. These are skills people can take home to whānau and their community when they leave the programme.

The latest residential service to undertake a new four-week menu was the Te Wairua Manukau service. Tāngata whai ora from the Te Wairua service represent a priority group for Equally Well, as residents seek treatment for co-existing mental health and addiction issues. The launch of the summer menu was marked with a lunchtime event at the residence. Staff donned hairnets and aprons to cook up a delicious BBQ feast, including fresh summer salads and a nutty vegan brownie for dessert, whilst tāngata whai ora were able to relax in the lovely spring sunshine.

Written by Nicola Corney, Living Well Programme Manager, Odyssey.