The ‘Basics of Nutrition and Healthy Eating’ program is beneficial in highlighting the association between the food/beverages we consume and our overall health and wellbeing. Consuming a diet that provides sufficient energy and nutrients can reduce the risk of diet-related diseases (e.g., cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes.) and protect against chronic conditions. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, diet-related chronic conditions are among the leading causes of death and disability in Australia.
Nutrition research funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, has found that across all age groups, Australians don’t meet the recommended daily intake of vegetables, eat too much discretionary food (food that is high in energy and low in nutrients) and eat too much salt, sugar and saturated fat.