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Photo of Ashika, a 41-year-old person (she/her) with dark brown hair, blonde highlights and brown eyes. Ashika is wearing a high neck black rash vest underneath a red short sleeved shirt with a white skull and cross bones logo. Ashika is pictured holding a blue surfboard on beach background.

Name: Ashika
Age: 41
Location: Maribyrnong
Pronouns: She/Her

Access to fresh food and green spaces, which allow people to be active and eat well, is really important.

For Ashika, a healthy future for her and her 2 boys is about having the “space, opportunity and resources to [be healthy] in a way that’s important to you.”

“Access to fresh food and green spaces, which allow people to be active and eat well, is really important.”

The family connects through nature and being active, “it’s something about being in the environment that brings out the opportunity to talk [with my sons] about their lives,” she explains.

As a single mum, she has turned to community support groups to share experiences about what has and hasn’t worked in accessing programs and spaces to raise an active, well-nourished family.

Ashika believes parents could use more support in bringing up the next generation of healthy kids.

“You can’t get a kid to sit down in one food technology lesson and expect them to understand what it takes to build a healthy life.

“It’s a multifaceted experience for them that is made up of little learnings that are relevant to their age and stage of development.”