ECU can weigh you up


Wanneroo Times - - News -

DIETICIANS are throw­ing their sup­port be­hind north­ern sub­urbs res­i­dents to help them eat bet­ter to feel bet­ter.

It comes as the Dieticians As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia launches Aus­tralia’s Healthy Weight Week from February 13 to 19.

As part of this, Edith Cowan Univer­sity’s stu­dent and ac­cred­ited prac­tis­ing dieticians will be of­fer­ing free weight and height as­sess­ments for com­mu­nity mem­bers at the Joon­dalup cam­pus’s Sport and Fit­ness Cen­tre on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day from 10am.

This year’s mes­sage is to “make small changes to­wards smart eat­ing, start­ing with cook­ing at home more of­ten”.

Ac­cred­ited prac­tis­ing di­eti­cian As­so­ci­ate Pro­fes­sor Philippa Lyons-Wall said re­search showed home cook­ing was linked with health­ier habits such as eat­ing smaller por­tions and more fruit and veg­eta­bles and fewer vis­its to fast food restau­rants.

She said by im­prov­ing skills in home cook­ing, Australians could in­crease their veg­etable in­take by more than half a serve a day.

“Be­ing a weight that’s healthy for you will help lower your risk of lifestyle-re­lated con­di­tions such as Type 2 di­a­betes, heart dis­ease and some types of can­cer,” she said.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.healthy­weightweek.

Picture: Martin Ken­nealey

Kate Evelegh,Tris­tan Schwartzkopff and Am­ber Har­land.­mu­ni­ d465291

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