Introduction to Healthy Eating

Many Australians enjoy flexible dietary patterns that include different ways of healthy eating. But most of us need to choose foods and drinks more wisely to help protect our health. Too many of us are overweight, have high blood pressure or are facing chronic diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers and obesity. In addition, irregular eating patterns, such as missing breakfast or lunch has been linked with poor cognitive performance, decreased concentration and weight gain. By eating a healthy diet we may feel better, look better, enjoy life more and live longer!

This session aims to:
  • Provide participants with the knowledge and skills required to make healthy choices.

  • Develop an understanding of a balanced diet.

  • Educate participants on hidden fats and sugars.

  • Provide participants with a variety of healthy eating options including recipe adaptations.

  • Identify specific healthy eating practices for the workplace such as – tips for your top drawer!

  • Educate participants on how to read food labels – what are you really eating?

An Exercise Physiologist will facilitate the Introduction to Healthy Eating session which includes tips on appropriate food preparation, product selection, portion/serving sizes and recipe options.

Practical activities include determining the amount of fat and sugar located in a variety of food items, including breakfast cereals, take away food, snacks and drinks. Participants will be taught how to read food labels, and through a practical task, review commonly consumed food products.

Participants will be provided with handouts including label reading information.