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Making healthy eating fun for kids with type 1

Chef Clara stole our hearts at last week’s Kids in the Kitchen cooking class held at the Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre, supported by MinRes.

The popular cooking classes are run during school holidays to help children living with type 1 diabetes learn about the carbohydrates in food that impact their blood glucose levels.

It was the first Kids in the Kitchen experience for the Family Centre’s youngest chef, three-and-a-half-year-old Clara (pictured below). One year ago, her mum Sarah was six weeks pregnant with baby Arthur when Clara was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

“We do lots of cooking at home, so Clara was so excited when I told her she had the opportunity to go to a cooking day in the Family Centre kitchen to learn how to make yummy healthy dishes and meet new friends with type 1,” Sarah said.

“She is a little young to fully understand her condition. When Arthur was born, she wanted to know why he didn’t have to wear an insulin pump.”

“It’s a big deal for Clara to be around other kids with type 1 and to see them wear a continuous glucose monitor like hers.”

According to Family Centre Chief Executive Benjamin Jardine, the Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre is the only service of its kind in the world.

“Today, only around one in ten people living with type 1 are meeting their blood glucose targets, which means nine in ten are putting themselves at serious risk,” he said.

“When people come to our centre, we can make a real difference by building confidence and capability to manage this complex disease, enabling them to live a full life without limits.”

“Living with type 1 diabetes means knowing how many grams of carbohydrates are in every meal and snack, to calculate insulin doses.”

“These cooking classes not only teach kids with type 1 that food is not the enemy, but enable them to make friends with others living with the condition.

This helps normalise and break down the isolation that living with a chronic medical condition can impose.”

MinRes is proud to support the Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre as part of our five-year, $10 million partnership with Telethon.

Our support has enabled the Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre to run programs like Kids in the Kitchen to help Western Australians impacted by the condition live life to the max and be part of a supportive community.

In an exciting first, support from MinRes has also enabled the Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre to offer an in-house specialist psychology service.

It is now WA’s only full-time, dedicated psychology service for people impacted by the condition.

For more information, visit type1familycentre.org.au