Nutrition is the theme of more than 140 events and activities being held during Veterans’ Health Week 2018, which starts today.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said Veterans’ Health Week was a fantastic opportunity for the public to support and attend the many different events and activities all over the country to positively engage with veterans and their families to promote the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle.
“There are more than 140 fun, interactive and educational events scheduled across the country this year – such as the Sunshine Coast RSL’s cooking masterclass with celebrity chef Matt Golinski, Darwin RSL’s tri-service long-table cook-off, and the Vietnam Veterans’ Association’s Nutrition Expo in Melbourne,” Mr Chester said.
”Other events include the Salisbury RSL in Adelaide’s veterans two-course cooking competition, the Armadale RSL in Western Australia’s ‘How to eat cheaper but better’ cooking expo, and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Sydney office’s ‘Bike n Blend’ pedal-powered healthy smoothie making event.
“Proper nutrition is vital for all of us to lead healthier lives and we know that good nutrition leads to improved health and wellbeing, which plays a major role in helping veterans achieve better lifestyle outcomes.
“When we eat better, we feel better and we are much healthier and happier.”
DVA’s National Dietetic Adviser Tara Diversi has also created a series of nutritious, healthy, delicious and easy-to-make recipes to help veterans, their families and everyone else enjoy the benefits of healthy eating – available here.
“I urge everyone to get involved in Veterans’ Health Week events organised by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, ex-service organisations and community groups across the country to make this week a success,” Mr Chester said.
“These events are all about assisting veterans and their families to live happy, healthy and active lives.”
Veterans’ Health Week runs from Saturday 22 September to Sunday 30 September 2018.
The full list of Veterans’ Health Week recipes, events and activities can be found on the DVA website, here dva.gov.au/veterans-health-week
FILE PHOTO (2010): A Masterchef contestant prepares food in an Army field kitchen during one of the TV show’s challenges at Holsworthy Barracks. ADF photo.