HEALTH, IN SIX EASY SERVES
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.