Fast-track change to healthy eat­ing

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Food - By EMILY BAKER

DI­A­BETES WA will launch its Get on Track Chal­lenge later this month.

The free pro­gram en­cour­ages teams to com­plete at least 30 min­utes of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and eat two serves of fruit and five serves of veg­eta­bles a day.

How many team mem­bers achieve this, and how of­ten, will de­ter­mine how quickly the team pro­gresses along a vir­tual track.

The team at Di­a­betes WA is get­ting ready to com­pete and look­ing for oth­ers to take them on.

“The only way to get ahead in the chal­lenge is to work to­gether, as a team,” Di­a­betes WA pre­ven­tion project co­or­di­na­tor and DWA Get on Track Chal­lenge cap­tain Melinda Ed­munds said.

“So that means en­cour­ag­ing and sup­port­ing each other to ex­er­cise and get your two and five.

“By mak­ing the ef­fort through this chal­lenge, you’re go­ing to be form­ing healthy habits that will hope­fully carry on even af­ter the chal­lenge is fin­ished.”

As teams move along the track, they will be given help­ful hints on diet and ex­er­cise, as well as in­for­ma­tion about the track they are walk­ing on.

Ms Ed­mund said she hoped the chal­lenge would help peo­ple make some per­ma­nent life­style changes.

“I ex­pect the chal­lenge will give me that added in­cen­tive to find that 30 min­utes a day for ex­er­cise or to con­sciously choose a piece of fruit for my af­ter­noon tea,” Ms Ed­munds said.

“My favourite fruit is blue­ber­ries.

“They are a healthy sweet snack and are even great frozen.

“I en­joy go­ing to my lo­cal gym but I love go­ing to group classes like Zumba and The Jun­gle Body.”

For more in­for­ma­tion visit geton­track chal­lenge.com.au.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d432641

Di­a­betes WA’s Liz Lyons, Melinda Ed­munds, Nick Na­tion and Melissa Robin­son.

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