Say no to junk food, yes to heart health
Heart Foundation WA hopes consumption of Great Southern grown produce will increase next month with the launch of its No Junk November campaign.
The campaign is designed to be a “wake-up call,” challenging West Australians to say “no” to junk food and “yes” to healthy alternatives.
Heart Foundation WA says high fat, salt and sugar overconsumption of easy-to-grab junk food is a contributing cause of chronic disease, including obesity and heart disease, which is the leading single cause of death in the State.
People living in rural areas are known to be 60 per cent more likely to die from coronary heart disease than city dwellers, according to Heart Foundation WA.
Among those already pledged to take part are Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington and City of Albany chief executive Andrew Sharpe, who are now official No Junk November ambassadors.
Both are giving up chocolate for 30 days, with Mr Sharpe also giving up cake and ice cream.
Both ambassadors agree on the importance of being aware of the consequences junk food consumption has on the heart.
“It’s important to watch how much junk food we consume to ensure we live longer and have a better wellbeing and mental health,” Mr Sharpe said.
Heart Foundation WA chief executive Maurice Swanson said many West Australians did not realise how effective junk food marketing was and the impact it has on food choices.
“NJN is a opportunity for everyone to join with the Heart Foundation to reduce their consumption of junk food during the month of November and to make a donation to support vital work in heart disease research and prevention,” he said.
No Junk November ambassador and West Coast Fever athlete Kaylia Stanton with Heart Foundation WA chief executive Maurice Swanson.