UQ Ipswich campus associate lecturer and dietitian Cheryl Collins (left) helps Nikketah Cuneo, of Augustine Heights, get in shape after the birth of her son Harrison, 4 months.
UQ Ipswich campus associate lecturer and dietitian Cheryl Collins (left) helps Nikketah Cuneo, of Augustine Heights, get in shape after the birth of her son Harrison, 4 months.

Fat-fighters head to uni

IPSWICH weight loss warriors are getting schooled in shedding kilos by the next generation of dietitians determined to battle the onset of diabetes.

The UQ Ipswich Nutrition and Dietitian Clinic is helping those struggling to stick with a balanced diet to make it a more permanent arrangement.

Dietitian and nutrition students, under the guidance of UQ associate lecturer and dietician Cheryl Collins, are learning the ropes of their future profession while lending a helping hand.

One of the clinic's success stories is Nikketah Cuneo, who started at the clinic two months ago and has lost an average 1kg a week since changing her diet.

After welcoming her son Harrison four months ago, Ms Cuneo became concerned about her diet as she began to breastfeed.

"My main concern wasn't losing weight but eating right so I knew the best food to eat when I was feeding my baby," she said.

"I always ate well. I just wasn't eating as regularly since having the baby. Cheryl has helped with guidance to make sure I'm eating as well because essentially I'm eating for him."

Negotiating the dietary changes was not as difficult as Ms Cuneo thought it would be.

"It was much easier actually. Cheryl recommended I eat more food and make sure I was looking after myself by eating three meals a day."

Mrs Collins said a visit to the clinic cost as little as $12, and provided diet and nutrition advice suitable for anyone.

"We are here to support the local health infrastructure by providing an additional source of quality health service provision to the city of Ipswich and surrounding areas," Mrs Collins said.

"Through education and individualised lifestyle modifications we provide knowledge for self management, and provide ongoing support for clients to maintain maximum health."

The clinic is open on Tuesdays, but Mrs Collins said as interest grew so would its hours.

Email uqdietitianclinic@uq.edu.au for more information.

Healthy eating

  • Eat less processed food.
  • Limit your alcohol intake. Alcohol is energy dense and can contribute to weight gain.
  • Eat regular meals - and don't forget breakfast.


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