House debates

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Statements by Members

Smart Eating Week

1:35 pm

Photo of Andrew WallaceAndrew Wallace (Fisher, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

Like many people, I've started 2020 with a New Year's resolution to exercise more and eat more healthily. I'm working towards my goals with the support of Brandon Campbell, the manager at my terrific local Jetts gym at Kawana, and the gym's eight-week challenge. Like most people, I find I need structure and goals to help me to achieve a healthier lifestyle. With a million Australians suffering from some form of eating disorder it is vital that we are careful in the goals we set. Weight loss, dieting or pursuing a particular body shape should never be an end in itself. Attitudes like these only place more pressure and harmful expectations on vulnerable people. Nonetheless, it is a proven fact that eating a varied, nutritious and healthy diet is fundamental to maintaining a healthy mind and a healthy body. That's why I'm pleased to say that this week is Smart Eating Week. This initiative, led by the Dietitians Association of Australia, is seeing workshops, challenges, information stands, talks and other activities popping up all over the country, helping people to understand what a healthy diet looks like and how they can eat smarter. If you want to find out how to improve your diet, why not visit and take the 10-minute quiz today, or visit to find a Smart Eating Week event near you.