Hervey Bay Independent : 9th February 2017
24 YOUR COMMUNITY YOUR ONE STOP BOATING SHOP! Check out our new showroom Thursday, February 9, 2017 Australian Healthy Weight Week is just around the corner and encourages everyone to cook more at home to help with weight loss. Ann-Maree Block and Syd Ockenham. CONTRIBUTED Find us on Facebook Phone 4124 9955 2 Driftwood Crt, Urangan herveybaymarine.com.au Get cooking for a healthier life AUSTRALIAN Healthy WeightWeek is fast approaching and Fraser Coast residents are being urged to cook more often at home to help them achieve a healthy weight. The initiative was created by the Dietitians Association of Australia and aims to encourage more Australians to cook at home as a way to help achieve and maintain a healthy weight. This year’s campaign runs from February 13 to 19. Dietitian, Ann-Maree Block said eating out regularly is linked with becoming overweight or obese. “We know that when people eat out they tend to have bigger portions, choose higher kilojoule foods and eatmore saturated fat, salt and sugar,” she said. “Research has shown that people who spend the most time preparing and cooking meals, atemore fruit and vegetables and spent less money on food away from home, compared to those who spent the least amount of time in the kitchen. “Regularly I see clients in this practice, who are over-consuming junk food in large portions and eat insufficient fruits, vegetables and dairy. “The large amount of takeaways and junk foods are contributing to a huge weight problem in our area and put residents at a great risk of many diseases and health problems such as depression, obesity, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia and cancers. “We already know that two out of three people are overweight or obese in our area and poor cooking skills and knowledge of cheap meal preparation are a problem.” One local Point Vernon resident is an example of how a few lifestyle changes can have a big health impact. Syd Ockenham has lost When I realised I couldn’t even do my shoelaces up properly because of my weight, I knew things had to change. —Syd Ockenham 16kg in the last four months just by cooking more at home. Syd, a war veteran, had a previous dietary intake consisting of eating out most nights of the week with large meals such as fried foods, fried chips, crumbed meats, large amounts of rice, smorgasbords with all-you-can-eat, followed by desserts. His snacks included chocolate, lollies, crisps, biscuits and big plates of ice-cream. As a result, Syd had high cholesterol, high blood pressure and sleep apnoea. “I don’t drink or smoke but eating out on ‘junk tucker’ had become a habit and a problem,” he said. “When I realised I couldn’t even domy shoelaces up properly because ofmy weight, I knew things had to change, things had become too hard.” Now, by following nutrition education, Syd, 68, has a healthy weekly shopping list full of vegetables, salads, soups, fruits, unsalted nuts, yoghurt, tinned fish, lean meats and wraps. Syd has learnt simple meal preparation ideas, is aware of portion sizes and the need to eat slowly and now knows healthy takeaway and eating out options. Syd said now that he’s lost over 16kg he has muchmore energy and can do a lot more. “My clothes are all loose and I feel so much better, just as a result of choosing to eat more of the right things at home and having simple meal ideas that don’t take a lot of time. “I would recommend people get support and the right advice, as changes are achievable.” Simple strategies such as switching to smaller plates, filling up on larger serves of vegetables and salad and cooking more meals at home are great ways to help manage weight.
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