Wok for Health is for young people (12 to 25 year old) from Chinese backgrounds who are looking to develop their cooking skills, eat well and keep active.  Wok for Health supports young people  to start healthy habits early. This is important as Chinese Australian adults have a higher prevalence of Diabetes (25%) and Physical inactivity (45%) compared to non-Chinese Australian adults1. Adolescence is a critical time to change life routine  to healthy eating and physical activity (AIHW)2, however, there are limited resources in this area for young people from Chinese backgrounds. Wok for Health helps bridge this gap.


12 short recipe videos to demonstrate healthy, easy to cook meals that make use of everyday ingredients (English/Chinese) 

  • 12 written recipes to complement the videos (English/ Chinese) 
  • Healthy Lifestyle Factsheets to help young people build healthy habits into their everyday lives (Chinese/ English).

The Wok for Health videos and written resources have been co-designed with young people from Chinese backgrounds.  Dietitians developed recipes and tested them with a Youth Reference Group to ensure they met their needs.  


The Wok for Health website and resources were developed as part of a project commenced in 2020 by CASS Care Ltd with the guidance and support of South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Health Promotion Service, Priority Populations Unit and NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service. The production of all resources has been enhanced by the inclusion of the opinions and insights of young people from Chinese backgrounds. The project was substantially funded by a national grant through the Public Health and Chronic Disease Program, National Women’s Health Strategy and National Men’s Health Strategy. We have also greatly appreciated the fact sheet content shared by the Sydney Local Health District Yhunger Project as well as the ongoing support in the development of the Wok for Health project. This support has enabled us to increase the offering of resources available to all young people. 

  1. Jin K, Neubeck L, Gullick J, Koo F, Ding D. Marked differences in cardiovascular risk profiles in middle-aged and older Chinese residents: Evidence from a large Australian cohort.: Int j Cardiol. 2017, 227: 347-354. 
  2. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2017. An interactive insight into overweight and obesity in Australia.