Eat well

Nutrition

The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating is the national food selection guide developed by the Australian Government to inform a healthy diet using a variety of foods. The guide provides us with information about the amounts and types of food that need to be eaten each day to get enough of the nutrients essential for good health and wellbeing. The Guide is designed to suit most healthy people but may not be appropriate for people with certain health problems. If you want individualised advice, please see a dietitian or ask your doctor.

A diet in line with The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating recommends we consume a variety of foods across and within the five food groups, and avoid foods that contain too much added fat, salt and sugar. This aims to promote healthy eating habits throughout life, which will help to reduce the risk of health problems in later life, such as heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes.

The five foods groups are grouped together mainly on the basis of their nutrient similarity:

  • Grain (cereal) foods, mostly wholegrain and/or high cereal fibre varieties
  • Vegetables and legumes/beans
  • Fruit
  • Milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives, mostly reduced fat
  • Lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds and legumes/beans

The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating food selection guide represents a plate, and the size of each segment indicates the recommended proportion of each food group to be eaten. However, it is important to note that the number of serves differs according to age, gender and whether or not the person is pregnant or breastfeeding.

The Australian Dietary Guidelines 2013

The Australian Dietary Guidelines 2013 provide recommendations for healthy eating that are realistic, practical and most importantly based on the best available scientific evidence. These guidelines will help health professionals, policy makers and the Australian public cut through the background noise of ubiquitous dietary advice that is often based on scant scientific evidence. 

Healthy Catering

A few simple changes can make a big difference to the food served at your events, proving healthier is still delicious. The Heart Foundation and the Queensland Government have developed a guide to healthier catering. For more information about serving healthier food and drinks when catering for a group or organisation click on the links below:

Food for Health

Food for Health is a major project by the Rotary E-Club of Greater South Oz and OPAL (an initiative of SA Health).

Responding to an increase in consumer demand for healthier options, Rotary E Club have worked with OPAL(part of SA Health) to compile a set of simple guidelines to transition towards healthier choices. In addition, they have worked with key partners to assemble resources and an electronic cookbook of healthy recipes for use in fundraising events and in the home environment. Click on the link below for more information:

http://foodforhealth.org.au

Community Gardens

Community gardens contribute to food security where residents grow their own food or donate produce to others. There are several community run gardens in the City of Onkaparinga.

Programs and Initiatives

We support a number of food program initiatives, such as:

PDF icon png Food assistance flyer (613K)

or contact one of our Community CentresPositive Aging Centres or Youth Centres for their specific programs.

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