On Wednesday 15th of September, Injury Matters in partnership with the City of Swan, Cancer Council and East Metropolitan Health Service hosted a Fuel Your Body workshop at Swan Active Beechboro.
The interactive workshop was facilitated by Sabina and Sreenithi (Masters of Dietetics students on placement at Cancer Council WA). Participants were guided through the importance of a healthy diet as a protective factor for falls prevention. Activities included exploring the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating and playing bingo!
Interestingly, not all calcium rich foods are made the same. Participants learnt that only 32% of calcium from milk is absorbed by the body, 61% from broccoli and 7% from spinach. The group explored an example of a healthy diet and had the opportunity to design a lunch and dinner plate using stickers.
Tips for healthy eating were discussed such as picking fruit instead of sugar, cooking and freezing meals, using different cooking methods, using herbs instead of salt and eating a variety of foods. It is important to stay hydrated by drinking often, carrying a water bottle, and setting reminders. Other tips discussed included, eating smaller portions, snacking, and grazing rather than skipping meals and eating with people or in a different environment e.g. outside.
Injury Matters General Manager – Injury Prevention said “Older adults are at a heightened risk of experiencing a fall, but they are preventable. Taking steps to improve your health like eating regular meals from a variety of food groups, knowing your medications and side effects, and challenging your mind often, can help you Stay On Your Feet® long term.”
To find out how you can Improve Your Health visit https://www.stayonyourfeet.com.au/over60/ or give us a call on 1300 30 35 40.