Today I went to a seminary to conduct a Nutrition/cooking workshop for the students there and demonstrate how easy and quick it can be to cook up a healthy meal and discuss the importance of Nutrition on our health. I worked with Kaitlin who has also graduated with her Masters in Dietetics from UQ and Tracey who is a nutritionist for Nutrition Australia and we all were representing this organisation.
The participants had plenty of questions and were very involved in this workshop. We even had a few Volunteers for chopping the vegetables. You can find the recipes on our recipe section of the blog which should be up by tom afternoon.
During the workshop the importance of good nutrients that we mainly get from our fruits and vegetables was discussed. The GO for 2 & 5 Campaign was promoted which recommends Australians to eat at least 2 serves of Vegetables and 5 serves of Vegetables each day. Tracey discussed the importance of knowing your waist size as it provides you with some valuable information about your overall health risk. Extensive studies have shown waist circumference to be a reliable measure of your abdominal fat which is an independent risk factor for many diseases. For a Men, if waist circumference is greater than 102cm and greater than 88cm for Women, that you are at a risk for type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension and heart diseases. However this isn’t a permanent state. It all depends on you. You need to take charge of your health and make those small changes that will have long term benefits. This is why the Swap IT – Don’t STOP IT campaign has been launched. This national (Queensland) campaign encourages Australians to make a small nutrition and physical activity ‘SWAPS’ in their everyday life to improve their health and wellbeing.
Their website gives some great practical ways to SWAP and also reasons to swap. It also provides interested participants with an online 12 – week planner and an iphone app which are great resources for you to get started. Basically the 12 – week planners will give you some simple suggestions to help you create a new habit that will assist you in reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer and other diseases mentioned earlier. Other resources include a shopping list, meal planner/diary, healthy checklist and activity planner which can all be downloaded from http://swapit.gov.au/start-swapping. I even got a couple measuring tapes to measures my waist circumference.
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