With more than 200 staff, NADO is well known in its local community of Penrith and greater Western Sydney as a provider of professional services that families know and trust.
With the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), NADO is seeing an increased interest in people seeking housing support options as the possibility of living more independently becomes a reality under this scheme.
Currently NADO support a substantial amount of participants living within a shared living or group home environment that requires round the clock support.
A majority of these participants have similar chronic health issues as to which the broader community is currently experiencing, for example, obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and mental illness – however our participants have additional complexities due to their intellectual and physical disabilities.
Given that Western Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains PHN areas have the highest proportion of obesity in NSW with 64.7% and 66.9% respectively1, NADO see it as an important responsibility of the organisation to provide a healthy lifestyle including education in healthy eating as well as the provision of healthy meal choices.
It is through this lens, NADO is committed to a program of healthy eating that addresses food choices, cooking processes, portion sizes, as well as implementing broader lifestyle improvements.
As such, NADO has teamed up with ‘The Cooks Workshop’ whom also shares this passion for teaching people how to cook for health and particularly to address chronic health issues in our community.
The Cooks Workshop is a unique provider located in Sydney that has supplied our team of staff a customised health and nutrition training program. This customised workshop teaches our employees the important skills that will enable NADO to provide and guide our participants to enjoy a modern range of healthy culinary options
NADO is proud to be leading the way in providing a consistent approach to healthy eating for people with a disability living in shared living and group homes.