Our West Kimberley dietitians ran some great activities at the Broome Boulevard for Smart Eating Week on February 15th, with the aim of increasing healthy food choices and awareness of smart eating amongst Kimberley residents . The team provided healthy snacks, demonstrations, recipe books and promotional giveaways and our dietitians were on hand to have a chat.
Pictured below are the lucky winners of a fantastic fruit and veg hamper presented by our Paediatric Nutritionist Bernadeen.
What do dietitians do? Why see an Accredited Practicising Dietitian?
‘Smart Eating’ will mean different things to different people, and how we go about achieving it will be different too. That’s where guidance and support from an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) comes in. A national Omnipoll survey of more than 1,200 Australian adults, commissioned by the Dietitians Association of Australia, shows almost nine in 10 (85%) people trust the advice of a dietitian.* Like other health professionals, APD’s base our advice on scientific fact, have high professional standards and are accountable for the nutrition advice we offer.
In an era where a lot of unreliable information is available online, it is important to have access to professionals that provide evidence based information.
Accredited Practising Dietitians will help you make sustainable and realistic changes that you can stay on track with, instead of unsafe or extreme fad diets.
What are three simple changes we can do to make to our eating smarter?
- Swap sugary drinks like soft drink, juice, iced coffee’s or choc milk for water.
- Try to add 2 cups of veg per day to your diet. This could include canned, frozen or fresh veg.
- Swap white bread for wholemeal bread.
How can I see a Dietitian?
Speak to your GP about a referral to a dietitian. If you have a chronic disease you may be eligible for a chronic disease management plan which can include a dietitian referral. Boab Health Service and WA Country Health Service have Accredited Practising Dietitians who visit different areas across the Kimberley.
To find out more see the Smart Eating Week webpage or talk to your GP about a referral to a dietitian.
* Omnipoll survey (September 2017) of 1,225 Australians aged 18+ years, commissioned by the Dietitians Association of Australia.