Food Trolleys To Show Healthy Food Options For Diabetes Prevention

Gaynor Denboer, Justine Watts and Vicki Barbary in IGA
Tuesday, 17 November 2015
Portland District Health’s dietitians and diabetes educators teamed up to promote healthy eating as part of World Diabetes Day on November 14.

Healthy eating plays a key role in prevention of diabetes and in the management of type 1 and type 2 diabetes and diabetes in pregnancy.

Simple changes to everyday shopping can result in a more healthy diet, which is why World Diabetes Day for 2015 is focused on lifestyle changes which include better food choices.

PDH dietitians Melissa Yip and Justine Watts and diabetes team members Vicki Barbary, Gaynor DenBoer and Fleur Martin set up a shopping trolley display at the Woolworths and Daly's IGA supermarkets to compare commonly bought foods with healthier alternatives.

The display also included a price comparison to show that healthy eating does not necessarily have to be expensive. There will also be comparison of the prices weight-for-weight, which will show how junk foods are often a lot more expensive than fresh fruits or vegetables, Ms Watts said.

The display also aimed to show that healthier foods do not need to come from the health foods aisle but are just basic everyday foods.

It is estimated at least 280 people are diagnosed with diabetes every day. Diabetes is a serious life-long condition that can lead to heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, foot ulcers and leg amputation, dementia and depression when not managed properly.

For individual information about healthy eating or assistance with diabetes, PDH dietitian or diabetes educator staff can be contacted on 55 210653.

No referral is necessary.

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