Importance of eating healthy

2019-02-26 06:01
Tim NoakesPHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

Tim NoakesPHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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The provincial Department of Social Development hosted a nutrition workshop at Kirstenbosch Gardens on Wednesday 20 February. The workshop was aimed at eating to prevent chronic illness and increase productivity.

It was held in partnership with the Noakes Foundation.

Professor Timothy Noakes was also a guest speaker at the event.

There were displays of healthy food, and testimonies of people with success stories of having beaten chronic illnesses and weight challenges through healthy eating.

About 100 attendees, who are interns under the wing of the Cape Youth at Work programme, were presented with samples of healthy meals that included a meal and a snack consisting of egg and spinach pie with a nut bar, along with muesli in plain yoghurt.

By so doing, Noakes said he was showing them that healthy eating does not have to be boring and in big portions.

Noakes said if people could start eating healthy there would be less diagnoses of some food-related chronic illnesses in future.

“These illnesses include obesity, cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure, which could easily be prevented or even controlled through eating the right foods.”

He encouraged people to go and spread the word with their families and friends and help stop the growing rate of obesity and related diseases.

Noakes touched on the effectiveness of the banting diet which he said is suitable for anyone and only does away with unhealthy foods.

MEC for social development Albert Fritz said he was glad he had the opportunity to host this workshop with the Noakes Foundation and their associate Heba Pap.

He said it is important for the department to have appropriate discussions on eating to prevent chronic illnesses and to promote productivity.

Fritz further said: “Non-communicable diseases including respiratory disease, cancer and diabetes are among the biggest killers in our country and province. These diseases are directly linked to leading a sedentary lifestyle and having a poor diet. If we can teach our young people to practise a healthy diet and lifestyle, our young people will enjoy a longer, healthier and more productive life.”

The interns said they were amazed by the information shared with them and the dangers of the food they enjoy most.

Austin van Niekerk from Manenberg said he was aware that junk food was unhealthy but had never really taken it seriously or thought of the long-term consequences.

“Everything they told us now make sense. If you look around and see how many people are battling with health problems, you will understand why it is important that we listen and try to apply what we have learned here (today),”he said.

He promised to change his diet by eating less junk food.

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