Sugar, soft drinks and health - radio programs

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In this 9 part series, Dr Alyssa Vass, linguist Yurrandjil Dhurrkay, Djimbuluku Dhurrkay and Health worker Helen Guyupul discuss a range of health issues associated with soft drinks. Yolŋu Matha with some English

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Yolŋu Matha with some English

In this 9 part series, Dr Alyssa Vass, linguist Yurrandjil Dhurrkay, Djimbuluku Dhurrkay and Health worker Helen Guyupul discuss a range of health issues associated with soft drinks.

*Note in this program we refer to ‘coke’ but make no representation about the branded drink, only use this as an example of soft drinks, including caffeinated beverages, consumed in Aboriginal communities.

Sugar, soft drinks and health - Part 1 of 9 –Understanding Caffeine

Dr Alyssa Vass, linguist Yurrandjil Dhurrkay, Djimbuluku Dhurrkay and Health worker Helen Guyupul discuss what caffeine is, how it enters the blood stream, and the effect that it has on the brain. (Length 12:10)

Sugar, soft drinks and health - Part 2 of 9 – Understanding Caffeine continued

Program discussing caffeine and why children are most often observed 'crying for coke' rather than other soft drinks. Investigation of worldview concepts around 'addiction', including key Yolŋu term mäy. (Length 10:33)

Sugar, soft drinks and health - Part 3 of 9 - Sugar in our bodies

When children drink coke and other soft drinks they are consuming high amounts of sugar. This program discusses what happens when sugar enters the body, including what happens to excess sugar. (Length 8:15)

Sugar, soft drinks and health - Part 4 of 9 - Sugar in our bodies continued

This program discusses the function of the pancreas and insulin in controlling sugar levels in the body and what happens when high levels of sugar are consumed. (Length 9:54)

Sugar, soft drinks and health - Part 5 of 9 - Children

Yurrandjl and Guyupul talk about children in communities crying and asking constantly for coke. Dr Vass discusses health risks associated with children consuming high levels of sugar from a young age, including obesity and diabetes. (Length 9:54)

Sugar, soft drinks and health - Part 6 of 9 - Diabetes symptoms

This program addresses specific questions from Yolŋu about symptoms of end stage diabetes such as blindness and numbness. The information scaffolds previous discussion about the pancreas, insulin and sugar in the bloodstream. Dr Vass talks about the work of the dialysis machine and how patients can manage their diabetes with food and exercise to avoid the disease progressing to this stage. (Length 15:26)

Sugar, soft drinks and health - Part 7 of 9 - Homelands

Guyupul talks about the lifestyle of people living on or visiting homelands and how people‘s diets are generally lower in sugar. (Length 2:06)

Sugar, soft drinks and health - Part 8 of 9 – A Personal Story

Djimbuluku tells the audience that she understands now how soft drinks can cause big problems for your body. (Length 0:38)

Sugar, soft drinks and health - Part 9 of 9 - Kids at night

Yolŋu presenters discuss the topic of children drinking coke late in the day and being awake very late into the night as a result. They talk about many aspects of this issue, including why the children stay awake; due to the caffeine in Coke but also in tea and coffee. (Length 2:12)

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