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February 17, 2016

Gippslanders are being urged to make simple changes to their eating habits, as part of a national health campaign led by Accredited Practising Dietitians nationwide.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has encouraged locals to learn more about cooking at home and portion control, as part of Australia’s Healthy Weight Week 2016 (AHWW, February 15-21).

“Most people aspire to live well, eat good food and exercise, but it is not always that easy for some sections of our community,” Mr Chester said.

“Many people in Gippsland suffer severe chronic and acute health challenges, and local health groups are working together to limit preventable disease.

“Australia’s Healthy Weight Week is about encouraging all people to start a conversation with an Accredited Practising Dietitian about ways they can make simple, but effective, changes.”

The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) is encouraging people to cook at home more often, and review the size of their meal portions.

As a guide at mealtimes, DAA recommends half a plate of salad or vegetables, a fist-size portion of protein (such as meat, chicken or fish) and the remaining quarter of the plate made up of carbohydrate (such as potatoes, couscous or steamed rice).

Annette Byron, spokesperson for the DAA, said dietitians around the country were hosting AHWW, with more than 740 AHWW events planned, to help Australians make positive changes to their eating habits.

“I encourage people to visit the website download our cookbook, engage with us on social media and find an Accredited Practising Dietitian,” Ms Byron said.

“AHWW supports healthy behaviours – particularly in terms of nutrition and healthy eating. So rather than focussing on ‘weight loss’, AHWW aims to get people focussing on eating better and living healthier”

CAPTION: Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) Spokesperson Annette Byron with Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester, endorsing the positive messages of Australia’s Healthy Weight Week.


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