Celebrating fatherhood with a healthy message in Auburn

The smokerlyzer helps people understand how smoking affects their blood.

More than 100 parents were joined by their kids for a Father’s Day breakfast with a healthy twist on Sunday.

Sports, story time and mindfulness were among the activities, while the main draw was a delicious and healthy spread provided by Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) Multicultural Health Services and Auburn Diversity Services.

The free breakfast was designed to help new and emerging culturally and linguistically diverse communities overcome barriers when engaging with the health system.

There was a brief nutritional health talk and Multicultural Health staff took the opportunity to talk to dads about the harmful impact of smoking.

The breakfast was a colourful and healthy array.

Dari bilingual health worker Fouzia Hamdard demonstrated a smokerlyzer, which tests your breath to quickly detect whether there is an unhealthy level of carbon monoxide in your blood.

“After seeing his result and learning more about the adverse health effects, one young father told me he was ready to quit smoking. He wanted to stay healthy and be able to support his family,” Fouzia said.

Youth program officer Daniel Apat spoke with several young families about the positive impact of healthy eating.