Heart Health Champions

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Name
Dr Jenny Deague, Director of Cardiology at Joondalup Health Campus

Weakness
I will give up snack junk food – including gifts of chocolates and lollies from patients, mint slices and chocolate covered ice-cream on a stick.

How I fight back
When I’m busy and running around hungry, I try not to pick up unhealthy snacks on the go.

New strategy I will try during November
Have fruit always on standby in the hospital for when I am hungry between meals. I will get an idea of my usual eating habits by noting how many unhealthy snacks I have replaced with fruit during the month.

Food I will eat instead
Apples – quick and healthy and they don’t have to be peeled.

Why it’s important
Poor diet and the obesity epidemic are having major ramifications on heart health and we are seeing these patients now in our hospital.

Dr-Nikki-Stamp

Name
Dr Nikki Stamp, Cardiothoracic surgeon (lung and heart surgeon). Based at Fiona Stanley Hospital

Weakness
I have a real penchant for chocolate. Now, in small amounts, chocolate can be absolutely fine. In fact, some science suggests that regular, small amounts of chocolate can even help with your overall health. The challenge is stopping at just a small amount!

How I fight back
I try to limit my chocolate daily to a small piece just once a day.

New strategy I will try during November
Not having chocolate in the house or in the office is a great way to avoid being tempted for anything that you struggle to avoid! I’m also going to work hard on avoiding labelling foods ‘good’ or ‘bad’ and rather take a holistic view at eating for health and enjoyment rather than mindlessly eating.

Food I will eat instead
Instead of chocolate, I’m going to drink water and have healthier snacks available such as fruit or vegetables.

Why it’s important
Our hearts and our blood vessels are very sensitive to the foods we give our body. Even from a young age. Processed foods often contain large amounts of sugar or salt and over time, they cause irreversible damage to our insides.

How does poor diet impact on your patients
Poor diet is usually a habit we have developed over many years. A good deal of my patients end up with heart disease in part due to their genetic predisposition but more importantly is the development of a number of ‘lifestyle’ related diseases. The sad thing is that a lot of heart disease is preventable through good, sustainable healthy habits.

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Name
Lucy Simpson

Weakness
Anything from a drive through I’m addicted to! Beef burgers!

How I fight back
I don’t drive anywhere near the stores! I keep nuts in my handbag to try keep the cravings at bay.

New strategy I will try during November
I want to try veggie soups and experiment with different healthy flavours.

Food I will eat instead
Lots of veggies and fruits!

Why it’s important
As I had open heart surgery at a young age I know it’s important to have a healthy diet and look after your heart so you can live a longer healthy life.

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Name
Kaylia Stanton, West Coast Fever athlete

Weakness
Mint slice biscuits.

How I fight back
by swapping them for a healthier choice such as a banana or minty cacao smoothie.

New strategy I will try during November
Eat more fruit and vegetables every day and choose the healthier alternative.

Food I will eat instead
Instead of pizza from takeaway store, I will make my own.

Why it’s important
It’s really important to consider how much we spend on junk food and takeaway because I think we consume more than we think and it’s eating into our bank account.

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Name
Matthew Dawson, Australian Hockey player

Weakness
Hot chips, peanut butter and chocolate.

How I fight back
Put it deep into the cupboard or freezer so that it’s hard to find!

New strategy I will try during November
Don’t buy it. Out of sight out of mind.

Food I will eat instead
Vegetables/salad and whole nuts.

Why it’s important
I have had some family history with heart issues. Being an athlete, I want to encourage not only the younger generation but older ones as well to live a healthy lifestyle.

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Name
Dr Michelle Ammerer, Consultant Cardiologist and Director of Coronary Care at SCGH and Heart Foundation Board member

Weakness
Lollies, gifts of chocolate from patients, treats brought by staff for farewell morning teas etc.

New strategy I will try during November
I’ll try to be prepared and always bring fruit with me. Having a staff basket of fruit around on standby might also work well. When we have urgent cases, we just can’t leave the 4th floor of the hospital and end up eating whatever is around.

Food I will eat instead
Fruit as a snack. Even if we eat healthy meals, it’s what we graze on between those meals that can be a problem.

Why it’s important
As a cardiologist, I see the consequences of poor diet. The size of patients is getting greater, there is more diabetes, hypertension and metabolic syndrome and heart patients are getting younger.

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Name
Gary Brennan, City of Bunbury Mayor

Weakness
Sausage rolls with tomato sauce

How I fight back
Drink more water prior to functions and look for vegetable alternatives

New strategy I will try during November
Remember how hard I work in the gym to burn the calories

Food I will eat instead
Vegetable sticks

Why it’s important
Healthy choices

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Name
Maurice Swanson, Heart Foundation WA Chief Executive

Weakness
Sour cream and chilli chips

How I fight back
I just don’t buy them but if they are in the house then I hide them at the back of the pantry behind several boxes and big cans so I just can’t see them. I also put a couple of clothes pegs on the bag so it’s harder to open and there is more time to think about what I am about to do.

New strategy I will try during November
Keep a bag of fresh fruit close by

Food I will eat instead
Mandarins, another favourite.

Why it’s important
The Heart Foundation is urging people to consider heart health when making food choices. In Australia, the risk of dying from heart disease has more than halved since the late 1960s, but recently we have seen an alarming slow-down in that rate of decline.

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Name
Dennis Wellington, City of Albany Mayor

Weakness
Chocolate

How I fight back
I will often eat some fruit instead of chocolate.

New strategy I will try during November
I will continue the current strategy but ensure I stick to it!

Food I will eat instead
Varying types of fruit including dried fruit, rather than snacking

Why it’s important
It’s important to be aware of how much junk food we eat so we can reduce the amount of sugar and fats that we consume.

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Name
Andrew Sharpe, City of Albany Chief Executive Officer

Weakness
Ice-cream, chocolate and cake.

How I fight back
To fight back against eating junk food I will usually go for a walk and take myself away from the food or temptation.

New strategy I will try during November
My new strategy for November will be removing the junk food from the house or hiding them from myself.

Food I will eat instead
Instead of eating junk food I will try to increase my consumption of fruit and vegetables.

Why it’s important
It’s important to watch how much junk food we consume to ensure we live longer and have a better wellbeing and mental health.

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Name
Megan Lane and Amanda Doffing

“I’ve always been a big fan of all things savoury and find it pretty difficult to walk down the chip aisle at the shops without making a crunchy purchase. So for No Junk November I’ll be looking to ditch the chips and, hopefully, come December I won’t miss them at all!”

– Megan Lane, HSEQ Advisor, iiNet

“Late night snacking is an absolutely killer for me! I eat healthy all day (mostly!) so by the time I’m on the couch in front of the TV, I reach for the chocolate, cookies…whatever my partner has picked up to satisfy his sweet tooth. He’s not so keen on giving up his sugar night cravings, so for No Junk November I’m going to stay clear of those snack attacks…and might even challenge my partner to donating $5 to the cause every time he snacks away in front of me!”

– Amanda Doffing, HR Advisor, iiNet

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Name
Grant Nelson, Heart Health program participant

Weakness
Used to drink sugary soft drink and fast food burgers

How I fight back
I learnt how many teaspoons of sugar and fat are in these foods and became determined to give them up.

New strategy I will try during November
Trying to drink more water.

Food I will eat instead
Rolls and sandwiches.

Why it’s important
For my heart health and so far, it has helped me lose 14kg.

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Name
Nikki McKimmie, Fitness Revolution – Director

Weakness
Chocolate

How I fight back
Substitute with healthier alternatives

New strategy I will try during November
Keep chocolate out of the house

Food I will eat instead
Berries, yoghurt and nuts

Why it’s important
Chocolate is a ‘sometimes’ treat

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