AT LAST week’s Brechin Rotary Club meeting, Wendy Don was the guest of club president Paul Roberts.
She spoke about her work as a Public Health Nutritionist aiming to provide good food habits.
Wendy is a lecturer in Nutrition at Robert Gordon’s University in Aberdeen and delivered a few home truths from her research into the Scottish diet.
She said bluntly that we are not doing very well, eating too much sugar, fat and salt and not enough fibre. This has led to a situation where 65 per cent of people in Scotland are overweight which can lead to health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and even cancer.
Wendy gave a few startling examples of just how many calories we are consuming without realising it. There was an excited frisson when she produced a mouth watering chocolate pudding, but much disappointment when she pointed out that it contained more calories than the whole of two rather large cabbages, which she proudly displayed.
Wendy extolled the virtues of shopping locally in Brechin, where she said we still have excellent small shops such as a greengrocer, a fish shop and a butcher who all work towards providing us with a healthy diet and our five portions a day.
She concluded with a few ways to try and get us on the dietary straight and narrow, with one idea being a community garden where folk could come together to grow, and learn about, all the healthy things that we should be eating.
Wendy was thanked by Rotarian Ian McFatridge, in his own inimitable way, for her presentation.