To kick off the new year, dietitians are throwing their support behind Cobram and district locals to help them eat better to feel better.
The call comes as Australia’s peak body for dietitians, the Dietitians Association of Australia, launches Australia’s Healthy Weight Week, which will run from Monday, February 13 to Sunday, February 19.
With events being held across the country, Cobram District Health dietitian Brooke Pinsent said this year’s message was straightforward: make small changes towards smart eating, starting with cooking at home more often.
Ms Pinsent said research showed home cooking was linked with healthier habits, such as eating smaller portions and more fruit and vegetables, and less visits to fast food restaurants, and in turn, this was more likely to result in a healthy weight.
A national survey of Australians aged 18 to 64 years revealed about one-in-two adults (53 per cent) wanted to lose weight but 16 per cent ate out or bought takeaway three or more times a week, and about one-in-five (17 per cent) wanted to cook at home more.
‘‘I encourage all to look at making small changes to how they eat, for long-term health,’’ Ms Pinsent said.
‘‘A good place to start is to cook at home more often, as we know this is a key ingredient for a healthier diet.’’
She said by improving skills in home cooking, Australians could lift their vegetable intake by more than half-a-serve a day — an important finding given more than nine-in-10 Australians did not eat enough vegetables.
For those wanting to shape up, she said focusing on fundamental changes to how you eat, like eating more vegetables, plating out the right portion sizes and cutting back on cakes, biscuits and soft drinks, would have the added benefit of helping to manage weight.
‘‘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 and importantly, helps you to feel your best and live life to the full,’’ she said.
●For more information or to download a free copy of the bumper edition AHWW cookbook, visit: healthyweightweek.com.au