HEALTH, IN SIX EASY SERVES

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV -

TV per­son­al­ity An­drew Daddo has sworn off pies and rarely downs a packet of chips or guz­zles soft drinks since mak­ing the ABC med­i­cal se­ries Save Your Life Tonight.

Daddo joins ABC ra­dio com­men­ta­tor Craig Hamil­ton and Olympic swimming medal­list Sa­man­tha Ri­ley in pre­sent­ing the six-part med­i­cal se­ries, which airs from Sun­day on ABC1.

Each episode looks at a spe­cific health as­pect, start­ing with weight fol­lowed by skin, men­tal health, heart, can­cer and lungs.

Daddo’s role on the show was not just as host but also guinea pig, and he un­der­went med­i­cal tests for the se­ries, which was filmed at Royal Bris­bane and Wom­ens Hos­pi­tal.

He found out he was nowhere near as fit or healthy as he might have thought and he has since al­tered his diet ac­cord­ingly.

“I just used to eat crap like pack­ets of potato chips and my de­fault lunch was a pie, and pos­si­bly a sausage roll as well, and a can of Coke,” he says.

“I rarely have fizzy drinks and chips now and I can’t re­mem­ber the last pie I had.

“I’ve stopped ‘can’t be both­ered’ lunches and I have one cup of cof­fee, and not five, a day.” Save Your Life Tonight is Daddo’s first main TV pro­duc­tion since he was co-host of the ill-fated Nine Net­work week­day show THIS Af­ter­noon in 2009, which lasted only a cou­ple of weeks.

“It’s great to be back work­ing on TV and this was great fun,” says Daddo.

Daddo says this show tack­les health is­sues in an en­light­en­ing way and there are no shock­hor­ror tac­tics in try­ing to scare peo­ple into chang­ing their habits.

“We talk about some pretty heavy things in a fairly nor­mal way and what I learnt was that be­cause we get older, we think it’s OK to take short cuts, and it’s not,” he says.

An­drew Daddo’s on the road to health­ier eat­ing.

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