When SSAF funding was announced for 2020, I was disappointed to see that Eating Well @ Flinders was not funded.

Eating Well @ Flinders was led by dietitian Rebecca Greco and academic Carly Moores and was an initiative to “help promote and support healthier eating and good wellbeing for students at Flinders University.”

The initiative engaged nutrition and dietetics students to run events and maintain a social media presence, all with the intention of making Flinders students more savvy in terms of their nutrition choices. Eating Well @ Flinders were integral in providing the cooking demonstrations at the Flinders Market.

Not to be discouraged, Eating Well @ Flinders will continue in 2020, albeit in a reduced form. Their social media channels are still active and I recommend you follow them (FacebookInstagram), both to support the idea of a nutritionally focused university environment, but also to get updates on the events and giveaways they’ll run throughout the year.

Rebecca did not rest on her laurels though. She has headed into the private world and set up Nourish Adelaide.

Nourish Adelaide provides 1:1 consults, community activities, and corporate health training programs with a focus on healthy eating for prevention of physical and mental health problems.

People aren’t usually surprised to hear that healthy eating promotes good physical health, but they are sometimes surprised to learn that healthy eating can have an equivalent, if not sometimes even more noticeable impact on mental health. Healthy eating is even being used to treat depression.

Why am I telling you this?

Half of all Australians have a chronic health condition. These chronic health conditions include arthritis, asthma, back pain, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes and mental health conditions.

Many of these conditions respond favourably to dietary interventions – i.e. healthy eating.

‘Healthy eating’ as a topic in the media is often dominated by fads or extreme views promoted by individuals or organisations with an interest in selling you something. Some people want you to eat all meat, some people want you to eat only kale. Some people are happy if you eat only grapefruit. Many of these people are bonkers.

Getting good quality advice on healthy eating, in this kind of media environment, can be achieved by visiting a trained and accredited dietitian.

Rebecca is a trained and accredited dietitian and has significant experience in working with university students.

If you are looking for dietary advice, check out the services she offers on her websiteFacebook and Instagram accounts.


A quick note about health service recommendations

On this blog we sometimes make recommendations for a number of community and online services. We do so on the basis of our positive experiences as referrers and/or the positive experiences of students. However we can’t guarantee that you will find these services useful because everyone’s individual situation is different and we have no control over those services. Our hope however is that you find these services useful and that our recommendations help you sift through the many community/online services available to find the ones most relevant to your needs.

About Gareth Furber

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