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Encourgaing healthy eating

Healthy eating is being encouraged throughout Deniliquin and district.

TYLA HARRINGTON February 26, 2014 4:47am

Christine McCurdy, Lisa Maunsell, Nadine Whalan, Ros Beck, Trish Khalil, Deidre McCalman, Noelene Edwards, Melissa Harley, Deb Packenham, Wendy Connell, and Helen Ford.

Intereach, in partnership with the local St Vincent De Paul Society, has plans to encourage healthy eating throughout the district.

Australian Red Cross representatives trained eight Intereach staff and one St Vincent de Paul Society employee on how to deliver the FOODcents program.

The program focuses on healthy diet, increased physical activity and the importance of maintaining healthy weight to combat national health priorities such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, injury and smoking.

FOODcents uses innovative strategies and practical tips that can be easily adopted by participants and their families and communities.

Australian Red Cross senior project officer - Food Security Community Health and Wellbeing Lisa Maunsell, who was in Deniliquin on Friday, said the program was about helping disadvantaged people make better choices with their food dollar.

Ms Maunsell, based in Sydney, said soft drink was the biggest ‘‘killer’’ in terms of healthy eating.

‘‘We trained Intereach and Vinnies people so they can provide the project,’’ she said.

‘‘The program is about making people more equipped to deal with food security ... where all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious, culturally appropriate food to maintain a healthy active life.

‘‘We’ve loved coming to Deniliquin.’’

Vinnies education mentor support worker Wendy Connell said she really enjoyed the course, which was held over Thursday and Friday of last week.

‘‘I look forward to implementing what I’ve learnt into our current and future programs,’’ she said.

This year Red Cross will celebrate its 100th anniversary in Australia.

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