Local Accredited Practising Dietitians will band together during Smart Eating Week (11-17 February) to offer professional, evidenced based advice to people seeking to change their eating habits.
“Dietitians are trained to give evidence based advice and provide personalised dietary guidance in the context of medical conditions as well as varying budgets, lifestyles and personal preferences,” said Miss Heidi Drenkhahn, Far West LHD Community Dietitian.
“This makes us best placed to help people achieve dietary change that fits them as an individual,” she said.
Two dietetic students from the University of Wollongong have been working with the Far West LHD Dietetics Department conducting research looking at what nutrition-related topics the Broken Hill community really want to know about.
General healthy eating, nutrition for sports and performance and food label reading were front runners in the student’s results.
“It was really interesting to discover that while across all age groups general healthy eating was the most popular nutrition topic, when looking into specific age groups the results differed,” said Jennifer Vera, student dietitian. “When analysing the results, it was clear that age-specific seminars which focus on the health concerns and topics for that stage of life would be the best way to provide nutrition education for the community.”
The Far West LHD Dietetics Department will be using these results to guide the services they provide to our local community.
“These findings will shape the way we provide education and events for Broken Hill, and hopefully ensure that we’re doing things in the most beneficial way for our community,” said Miss Drenkhahn.
To celebrate Smart Eating Week, the students and Community Dietitian Heidi Drenkhahn will be providing information on the topics the community wants including healthy eating, nutrition for sports and performance and food label reading and will be running stalls with games, prizes and plenty of resources to help locals set their own smart eating habits.
The stalls will be held:
What: Smart Eating Advice Stall
When: 11:30am – 1:00 pm Tuesday 12/2/19
Where: Broken Hill Hospital Foyer
What: Smart Eating Advice Stall
When: 4:30pm – 6:30pm Wednesday 13/2/19
Where: Broken Hill YMCA Wellness Centre
“Eating well is key to feeling your best, both now and in the long term. We know healthy eating plays an important role in keeping your body healthy and strong, as well as preventing illness, and even the smallest of changes can help,” Ellen Lollback, student dietitian.
“If you are having doubts about your diet and want some assistance, come down to the stalls for a chat or arrange to see one of your local Accredited Practicing Dietitians.”
To get you started, here are three simple, smart eating swaps:
- Swap white bread for wholemeal or wholegrain bread.
- Instead of sugary soft drinks try soda water with fresh lemon and mint.
- Aim for 2 cups of vegetables per day hitting all colours of the rainbow! Different colours mean different vitamins and minerals which are all important for good health.
More on Smart Eating Week at: daa.asn.au/smart-eating-week/