CULINARY TIPS: Students at the Ministry of Food get a lesson in preparing vegetables for cooking.
CULINARY TIPS: Students at the Ministry of Food get a lesson in preparing vegetables for cooking. Jojo Newby

Cooking classes for recruited swappers

IPSWICH residents are being urged to get into shape in the wake of alarming new statistics that reveal obesity is a major nationwide problem.

The city has always figured prominently in the obesity stakes and the recent Australian Bureau of Statistics nationwide health survey has revealed that 63.4% of Australians are overweight. That includes 70% of men, 56% of women and 25% of children.

Ipswich residents are being urged to swap their unhealthy nutrition and exercise habits for a healthier lifestyle to reduce the risk of chronic disease, including type two diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.

Solutions include swapping a large portion for a small one, swapping fried and processed foods for fresh fruit and vegetables and swapping watching TV for taking the dog for a walk around the block.

Diabetes Queensland CEO Michelle Trute said: "We can all start swapping our way to better health today by creating healthy new habits to reduce the risk of chronic disease and kick-start a healthier, more enjoyable life.

"It's all about making simple lifestyle changes every day."

The Ipswich Swap It, Don't Stop It campaign, sponsored by the QT, is giving the first eight swappers that registered a free six-month gym pass and a free 10-week cooking class for Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food.

STEPS TO HEALTH

  • Eat smaller portions
  • Consume fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Exercise regularly, rather than watching TV


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