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Warrnambool City Council Chief Medical Officer Dr Philip Hall

Doctor's orders - eat healthy as you age

News Article Date: 
Monday, 25 September 2017

Maintaining a healthy diet is important for everyone, especially as we get older.

As people age, their ability to buy and cook their own healthy meals can be reduced.

This is where Meals on Wheels can help.

Meals on Wheels is a convenient service used by hundreds of south-west residents to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Warrnambool City Council Chief Medical Officer Dr Philip Hall said that a crucial part of health is diet, with many older people in the region deficient in essential nutrients such as Vitamin B12 and Iron.

“The food from Meals on Wheel is good, reliable and nutritious,” he said.

“We all like the convenience of a quick meal, so having healthy food that is easy to prepare is very important.

“The services are well received. The feedback I receive from people I have referred to the service has been very positive.”

Unlike many of the frozen meals available at supermarkets, all Meals on Wheels dishes meet strict dietary requirements.

Freshly cooked, chilled meals are delivered by registered volunteers. 

You can choose to receive a meal one day a week right through to one meal every day, it’s up to you.

Your individual dietary needs and taste preferences will be discussed prior to the commencement of the service, and can be changed at any time.

The social chat and friendly welfare check the volunteers provide can more as important as the meals themselves, with family members living away often appreciating the fact that someone is regularly checking in with their older relative.

If you would like to find out more about Meals on Wheels either for yourself or for a family member, call 5559 4800 or email wbool_city@warrnambool.vic.gov.au.

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