Smart Eating Week at Far West LHD

Time to put smart eating on the menu in Broken Hill

To kick off the New Year, dietitians are throwing their supporting behind Broken Hill locals to help them live healthy lives, through smart eating.

The call comes as hundreds of Accredited Practising Dietitians across the country join forces to launch Australia’s first Smart Eating Week, from 12-18 February.

Far West Local Health District Community Dietitian Heidi Drenkhahn said the Smart Eating Week message is straightforward: take the opportunity to connect with your local Accredited Practising Dietitian for practical, evidence-based, and personalised nutrition advice and support.

“Let’s face it, because we’re all unique, with our own health challenges, goals, and lifestyles, ‘smart eating’ will mean different things to different people, and how we go about achieving it will be different too,” said Ms Drenkhahn.

“That’s where guidance and support from an Accredited Practising Dietitian comes in.”

She said a national Omnipoll survey of more than 1,200 Australian adults, commissioned by the Dietitians Association of Australia, shows almost nine in 10 (85%) people trust the advice of a dietitian[i].

“Our advice is solid and trustworthy, and this matters to many Australians. Like other health professionals, we base our advice on scientific fact, have high professional standards and are accountable for the nutrition advice we offer,” said Miss Drenkhahn.

To mark Smart Eating Week Broken Hill Health Service dietitians are running a stall in the Broken Hill Hospital foyer to help locals set their own personal smart eating goals.

“We’ll be providing advice on how to make practical, achievable nutrition goals” said Miss Drenkhahn. “Dietitians are trained to give dietary advice in the context of medical conditions as well as varying budgets, lifestyles and personal preferences which makes us best placed to and help people achieve dietary change that fits them as an individual”.

What: Smart Eating Advice Stall

When: 10:30am – 1:30 pm Tuesday 12 February 2018

Where: Broken Hill Hospital Foyer

More on Smart Eating Week can be found at: daa.asn.au/smart-eating-week/

[i] Omnipoll survey (September 2017) of 1,225 Australians aged 18+ years, commissioned by the Dietitians Association of Australia.

 

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