FOODcents marks magic milestone while continuing to dish up loads of healthy food tips

May 19, 2014

FOODcents week from May 19-25 will be extra special this year given the program is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

FOODcents co-ordinator Sarah Bailiff said FOODcents week was a timely reminder to forget food fads and rather go back to the basics of healthy eating.

“Time poor West Australians are relying on takeaway more than ever before with the average family spending more than $3500 a year on takeaways,” said Ms Bailiff.

She said if you compare the price per kilo of fresh foods to convenience foods – you might be surprised at how much cheaper the healthy option can be.

“FOODcents is all about promoting simple, healthy home cooking using loads of fruit and vegetables and only choosing packet foods that don’t have a long ingredient lists.”

Over the last two decades FOODcents, has been quietly educating thousands of West Australians that healthy eating doesn’t have to cost the earth.

Around 2,500 Western Australian's attend FOODcents workshops each year in the metro and regional areas

“We’re proud of what FOODcents has achieved over the last two decades, given it’s a small program, and we acknowledge the efforts of Ruth Foley and Christina Pollard who were instrumental in setting the program up.

“The people attending our programs learn loads of simple, practical tips that can make a positive impact on the health of their family and friends,” said Ms Bailiff.
West Australians are being urged to consider these top FOODcents tips; 

•    A healthy diet is mostly plant foods (fruit, vegetables, wholegrain breads and cereals) with some lean meat and dairy and small amounts of extra foods occasionally;
•    Easy meals like beans on toast, stuffed potatoes and omelettes are nutritious options for when you’re in a hurry;
•    Make your own lunches and snacks for when you’re on the go;
•    Stock up on frozen and canned veg for healthy options that are always available and won’t go to waste;
•    Shop from the pantry first by taking stock of what you already have in the house before doing the weekly shop and finally
•    Always look at the price per kilo of foods (especially packets) to see if it really is a good deal.

The workshops are delivered by Cancer Council WA, Foodbank WA and The Australian Red Cross. Many other health services and NGOs run FOODcents workshops and distribute resources.

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