Say no to junk food, yes to heart health

Great Southern Herald - - News - Sjanna San­dalova

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.

Pic­ture: The Heart Foun­da­tion

No Junk Novem­ber am­bas­sador and West Coast Fever ath­lete Kaylia Stan­ton with Heart Foun­da­tion WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Mau­rice Swan­son.

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