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Eat healthier this week

Tuesday, 25th January, 2011

(From left) Dietitians Heidi Drenkhahn and Rosie Baccarini with hopsital kiosk volunteers Charmaine Collins and Coral Ford (From left) Dietitians Heidi Drenkhahn and Rosie Baccarini with hopsital kiosk volunteers Charmaine Collins and Coral Ford

Healthy Weight Week was off and running yesterday with a display at the hospital intended to point people towards a healthier lifestyle.

The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) started the week on Sunday.

Local dietitian, Heidi Drenkhahn, said 61 per cent of Australian adults and one in four children were overweight or obese.

A Healthy Food display was set up in the hospital foyer dispensing free food samples and advice about diet and recipes.

"Australia's Healthy Weight Week is an ideal time to start eating well and commit to a healthier, happier lifestyle," Ms Drenkhahn said.

She said she was trying show people that healthy food can be cheap by using the display to feed 50 people with only $50 worth of food.

For someone carrying too much weight, even shedding a few kilograms can make a huge difference, she said.

"Studies show that dropping five to ten percent in body weight can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and improve glucose tolerance in people with or prone to diabetes," Ms Drenkhahn said.

"If you feel you have a problem any small change you can make is fantastic ... it is about small gradual steps.

"Cutting back on one daily treat, choosing a smaller dinner plate and getting off the bus one stop earlier can all help shift those excess kilos."

She also said she was encouraging people to use the new year to get motivated.

Today at Woolworths an accredited dietitian will give healthy shopping lessons. People who want to join in can meet at the Telstra hub. The tours start at 10am, 12 noon and 2pm.

The idea was to "demystify the supermarket aisle and foods labels," Ms Drenkhahn said.

"We will go through all of the supermarket, read the labels and find out what to look for."

For more information phone 8080 1397.

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