WHILE these look like friendly faces, you probably don’t want to be peering up at them from a hospital bed.
That is the message Joondalup Health Campus (JHC) heart experts are sending to residents as they push the Heart Foundation WA’s new No Junk November campaign.
The campaign urges people to commit to a no junk food diet for the month in the hope it might kickstart a long-term change in lifestyle.
JHC director of cardiology Jenny Deague, who is also a board member of the Heart Foundation, is taking up the challenge.
“At the end of the working day when I am tired, I too have to resist the urge to go through drive-through and instead go home and put in the time and effort to make a healthy dinner and healthy lunches for the next day,” she said.
“It’s important we focus less on instant gratification and more on long term health goals for our family.”
Dr Deague said it was important for parents to set a good example for children and for workplaces to promote healthy eating.
A Heart Foundation spokeswoman said progress had slowed in raising awareness around heart disease with Australian households spending 58 per cent of their food budget on food and drink they could do without.
Sign up for the campaign at www.nojunknovember.com.au.