Shots fired in bat­tle of bulge

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Kaylee Martin

WORK­ING to bat­tle obe­sity, Victoria Park’s health ses­sions will arm res­i­dents with the tools to break an un­healthy life­style.

Ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey by the De­part­ment of Health, more than 90 per cent of res­i­dents do not eat enough veg­eta­bles and 50 per cent do not eat enough fruit.

The Ac­tive Life pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor Katie Shu­bert said the most com­mon ex­cuse she heard for peo­ple eat­ing poorly was a lack of time.

“Peo­ple of­ten use that as an ex­cuse, but it’s so easy to beat,” she said.

“It’s im­por­tant to have a plan of at­tack on a Sun­day night to make sure you’ve worked enough good nu­tri­ents into your diet.”

Ms Shu­bert said she tried to en­cour­age par­tic­i­pants to be more mind­ful when do­ing food shop­ping and avoid the aisles that host pro­cessed and sug­ary snacks.

“When read­ing la­bels, peo­ple of­ten just look at the front of the pack­ag­ing and rely on that rather than look­ing at the back,” she said. “A lot of food com­pa­nies are con­cerned about their mar­ket­ing so they’ll make sure it ap­pears healthy on the front.

“So we try to en­cour­age peo­ple to stay on the perime­ter of the su­per­mar­ket and avoid la­bels al­to­gether; that way they stick to the fresher stuff.”

While a lot of at­ten­dees are new par­ents fo­cused on learn­ing to cook nutri­tious but money-savvy meals for their fam­i­lies, a ses­sion is also de­signed for re­tired res­i­dents.

“We have had a ses­sion look­ing at lunch box ideas for par­ents, but there’s also a se­nior pro­gram that looks at cook­ing for just one or two peo­ple,” Ms Shu­bert said.

For more in­for­ma­tion on up­com­ing nu­tri­tion ses­sions with Food­bank WA and the town of Victoria Park visit www.victoria park.wa.gov.au/com­mu­nity/ac­tivelife. THE Victoria Park Farm­ers mar­ket runs ev­ery Sun­day at John MacMil­lan Park and of­fers a range of fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles to pur­chase.

Es­tab­lished in 2014, the mar­ket be­gan with more than 30 spe­cial­ity food stalls that sold a range of or­ganic and gluten free pro­duce. The com­mu­nity ini­tia­tive fo­cuses on pro­vid­ing fresh, or­ganic and lo­cally pro­duced sus­tain­able food.

Pro­duce comes di­rectly from grow­ers in the Perth and South West WA re­gion.

More in­for­ma­tion at www.vic­park­farm­ers­mar­ket.com.au.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d454754

Help­ing hand: Lucy Butcher (Food Bank WA), Karen Iber, Tabitha Gib­son and Sally O'Driscoll.

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