HEALTHY APPROACH: Friendly Society Private Hospital dietician Alessandra Winfield talks to Jeff and Fay Geissler and Carmel Jensen about how to make positive changes to their health without extreme restrictions and diets. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
HEALTHY APPROACH: Friendly Society Private Hospital dietician Alessandra Winfield talks to Jeff and Fay Geissler and Carmel Jensen about how to make positive changes to their health without extreme restrictions and diets. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

Let’s hear it for the vegies

LEARNING to make the right nutrition choices can sometimes be overlooked with thoughts of maybe next time as you choose the unhealthy option.

Friendly Society Private Hospital is running health seminars to find out the simple and practical tips to help make the right choice.

Dietician Alessandra Winfield hosted the Time For A Change classes and said that with this week being National Nutrition Week, now was the best time to get the right information and make the change.

"There is so much information and it is contradicting each other," Mrs Winfield said.

"Every second diet is a contradiction to the one before it, so no one really had a clue what are the right foods to be eating.

"These seminars are about breaking that down and getting back to basics."

Mrs Winfield said the focus should be on the intake of vegetables, with at least five serves per day.

"There was a health survey done which said 95% of us don't eat enough vegetables," she said.

"There is the common misconception that healthy food is too expensive, while in fact we live in a place where produce is readily available at a low cost, with markets and roadside stalls."

She said it was important for people to replace the processed food and takeaway goods with fresh produce.

"So it's two-and-a-half cups of vegetables per day and two serves of fruit the size of an apple each," Mrs Winfield said.

Biggenden resident Fay Geissler and her son Jeff Geissler travelled to attend the seminar and said it was worthwhile.

"I came to get ideas as I'm looking to improve what I eat," Mrs Geissler said.

"I learnt to think before you sit down to eat. Planning and cooking meals is important."

Mr Geissler said he attended to help him lose weight.

Carmel Jensen said she attended to pick up tips on how to lose the last 4kg after she found exercise wasn't working.

"My doctor told me I wasn't overweight and I do lots of exercise," Mrs Jensen said.

Mrs Winfield said there were another two seminars to be held. To book call 4331 1033.



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