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Meet Life! facilitator Rochelle

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Meet Life! facilitator Rochelle

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I have been working as a dietitian, program manager and Life! facilitator for seven years and have experience in community health, aged care, private practise and the corporate sector. I am also a trained Thermomix consultant and enjoy facilitating cooking demonstrations on weekends, teaching Australians how to prepare healthy meals from scratch.

What do you enjoy most about being a Life! facilitator?

I am a strong believer in health promotion and believe so much in the Life! program as it focuses on prevention rather than treatment. With so much confusing, conflicting and incorrect nutrition information circulating, I thoroughly enjoy presenting session 2 of the Life! program, to debunk myths, answer questions and present the scientific evidence behind fats, fibre, salt and label reading.

Could you share any particular success stories or stand out participants from your Life!courses?

I facilitated a Life! course for a married couple who were overweight and had high waist measurements and high cholesterol. The husband's biggest struggle was skipping breakfast and compensating by consuming large portions at lunch and dinner. Over the course of the program, he managed to eat breakfast daily and slowly reduce his portion sizes at lunch and dinner. By session 4, he has lost 6kg, by eating smaller amounts, more regularly.

How do you like to keep fit and healthy?

To stay healthy, I ensure I eat five times a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner with two mid-meal snacks. I exercise 4-5 times per week, by attending group exercise classes at my local gym or cycling along beach road. Having a dog also keeps me on my feet as he needs a walk everyday  

What advice would you give someone thinking about doing the Life! program?

I would strongly encourage everyone to complete the Life!  program. We are the only state in Australia running this course and it is a great way to meet new people and talk to health professionals about how to make long term lifestyle changes. It is also amazing as you are able to learn from accredited dietitians and exercise physiologists and it’s free for most people.

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