To kick off the New Year, North and West Remote Health (NWRH) dietitians are throwing their support behind Central West Queensland locals to help them “eat better to feel better”.
The call comes as Australia’s peak body for dietitians, the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA), launches Australia’s Healthy Weight Week (AHWW) 13-19 February.
With events being held across the country, local NWRH Accredited Practising Dietitians Kristin Lawrence and Bridget Algreen-Ussing said this year’s AHWW message is straightforward: “make small changes towards smart eating, starting with cooking at home more often”.
“With research showing home cooking is linked with healthier habits such as eating smaller portions adding more fruit and vegetables and less visits to fast food restaurants cooking at home is more likely to result in a healthy weighti” Kristin added.
A national Omnipoll survey of 1,033 Australians aged 18-64 years, commissioned by DAA, revealed around one in two adults (53 per cent) want to lose weight but 16 per cent eat out or buy take-away three or more times a weekii and around one in five (17 per cent) want to cook at home more.
“I encourage all Central West Queenslanders to look at making small changes to how they eat, for long-term health. A good place to start is to cook at home more often, as we know this is a key ingredient for a healthier diet” said Bridget.
“By improving skills in home cooking, Australians can ‘up’ their vegetable intake by more than half a serve a dayiii – an important finding given more than nine in 10 Australians don’t eat enough vegetablesiv”.
For Central West Queenslanders wanting to shape up, NWRH’s Dietitians recommend focussing on fundamental changes to how you eat, like eating more vegetables, plating out the right portion sizes and cutting back on cakes, biscuits and soft drinks.
“Being a weight that’s healthy for you will help lower your risk of lifestyle-related conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer – and importantly, help you to feel your best and live life to the full” said Kristin.
Central West Queensland – be inspired to get into the kitchen, whip up tasty meals and achieve a healthier 2017. Look out for the friendly Dietitians from NWRH during AHWW.
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