HEALTHY CHOICES: Dietitian Megan Leane (right) and colleague Ricki Driver talked health and nutrition at the Western Suburbs Swimming Club.
HEALTHY CHOICES: Dietitian Megan Leane (right) and colleague Ricki Driver talked health and nutrition at the Western Suburbs Swimming Club. Alex Staines

Leane keeping Wests lean for upcoming triathlon

SWIMMING: Athletes from the Western Suburbs Swimming Club had one of Gladstone's leading dieticians talk them through the dos and don'ts of health and sports nutrition on Wednesday night.

The informative session was run by dietitian Megan Leane and provided a number of Wests' members preparing for the Mooloolaba Triathlon in March a great opportunity to learn more about what they're putting in their bodies.

Leane also cooked some quick and easy meals at the club, which were well received by the hungry athletes.

"We took along some information about sports nutrition to help their athletes. We talked about fueling and energy needs for the events and competitions that they do,” Leane said.

"We also brought along some food... we took some kangaroo burgers and most people hadn't tried kangaroo before.

"We also made up some stir-fry and vegie dishes as well.

"The dishes that we chose are really suitable for that refueling perspective; we made sure we had enough carbohydrates and proteins to feed the athletes properly.”

Dietician and award-winning business leader Megan Leane of Megan Leane Dietician in Gladstone.
Dietician and award-winning business leader Megan Leane of Megan Leane Dietician in Gladstone. Julia Bartrim

As the scourge of childhood obesity continues to rear its ugly head, Leane urged parents to watch what they're feeding their kids and ensure they are getting the correct amount of daily exercise.

"Our guidelines for children suggest 60 minutes of physical activity a day but it doesn't have to be all in one sitting,” she said.

"For kids that usually play sport after school it takes up that critical period of time where parents are usually cooking or organising dinner, so we suggest getting some planning done around these days.

"Try to choose meals that are still healthy but maybe quick like picking up a barbecue chook from the supermarket on the way home or arranging something you could cook fast in the microwave.

"For example we know there are a lot of steam products these days like fish or veggies and all sorts of things you can prepare in under 15 minutes.

"Fast food doesn't necessarily have to be unhealthy food.”

Leane said the usual culprits like lollies, soft drinks and chocolate were foods to avoid or limit, if possible.

"If they do go through the drive-thru we can still make some deliberate choices; it's about not getting that sugary soft drink and maybe sharing the chips rather than everyone gets their own bucket,” she said.

Wests' club president Alex Staines said the club was thrilled to have Leane speak to its members.

"The night was a huge success with the club hosting a multi-award winning dietitian with many club members to take the opportunity to hear and speak to Megan one on one,” he said.

"At Wests we take our fitness and health very seriously and having a dietitian come along and give her advice was absolutely priceless and a learning skill for life.”



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