Members of Riverpark Action Group with Henderson-Massey Local Board member Brenda Brady

Members of Riverpark Action Group with Henderson-Massey Local Board member Brenda Brady

Riverpark Action Group members spotted a ‘Healthier Sausage Sizzle Guide’ in a recent ECE Newsletter from Sport Waitakere. This inspired them to try out some small changes to the food provided at a Neighbours Day Garden Party they were organising at Woodside Community Garden.

The event was a success. Organisers were fortunate with the weather which encouraged neighbours to join the Neighbours Day celebrations and the small changes in the food made no discernible difference in terms of the communities’ enjoyment of the event.  

Wholemeal bread was purchased instead of white bread, low sugar sauces were used and salad from the garden was offered as an additional option for vegetarian families. They also decided to offer plain water with a squeeze of lemon instead of powdered drink sachets. 

 “We are ‘healthy food aware’ however it does pay to be reminded from time to time and to bring that awareness to all aspects of our lives, including fundraising" - event organiser 

“It took a lot of research - a lot of checking fat contents of pre-cooked sausages. We went for the lowest fat content and then also purchased sizzlers sausages which were approx 25% smaller than the regular pre-cooked sausages” - event organiser

For future events, they will endeavour to offer more fruit options. 

Healthy Families Waitakere Activator Regina Wypych included the guide to healthier sausage sizzles in the Sport Waitakere ECE Newsletter and applaud the team from the Riverpark Action Group for trialling the change.