For Immediate Release: 9 February 2005
Fats: friends or foes?
When it comes to food, all fat is bad. Or is it? It’s actually a question of balance – you need to eat the right fats in the right quantities to stay healthy and keep your weight down. Eating the right amount of fat is particularly important after the menopause, when you become more prone to piling on the weight.
In the winter 2004/5 issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter, media nutritionist and food writer Fiona Hunter looks at the role of fat in your diet, the different types of fat (the good, the bad and the ugly), how much fat you should eat and how to check food labels for hidden fats. Fiona has a monthly column in BBC Good Food Magazine and contributes regularly to other magazines, TV and radio. In 2003, she won the 2003 Re-energise ‘Health Professional’ Nutrition Award.
“Fat in the diet gets a lot of bad press, yet some types can actually benefit your health by lowering your cholesterol levels and blood pressure and improving the blood flow to your heart. In her article, Fiona highlights which fats you should eat and which ones you should avoid. She even gives examples of quantities so that you can easily incorporate her advice into your diet,” says Norma Goldman, founder and director of The Menopause Exchange.
The Menopause Exchange provides women and health professionals with unbiased, accurate information. It is completely independent – it is not sponsored by any companies and is funded purely by subscriptions. Other articles in the Winter 2004/5 issue include sexuality at the menopause, coping with sleeplessness and arthritis. The Menopause Exchange has an Ask the Experts panel and fact sheets specifically for members.
For more information on The Menopause Exchange, write to The Menopause Exchange at PO Box 205, Bushey, Herts WD23 1ZS, call 020 8420 7245, fax 020 8954 2783 or send an e-mail to email@example.com
NOTES FOR EDITORS
1. The Menopause Exchange Newsletter was launched in June 1999.
2. The founder and director of The Menopause Exchange is Norma Goldman, a pharmacist with a Master’s degree in health promotion. She gives talks on the menopause at health clubs, organisations/workplaces, pharmacies and other venues. Her daughter, Victoria, the editor of the newsletter, is an experienced health journalist with a BSc. degree in Biomedical Science and a Master’s degree in Science Communication.
3. The aim of The Menopause Exchange is to raise the awareness of the menopause among women, healthcare professionals (e.g. nurses and pharmacists) and complementary practitioners.
4. Topics covered in previous issues of the newsletter include: HRT questions you forget to ask your doctor; HRT benefits and risks; breast checks; complementary therapies at the menopause; heart disease; memory problems; anti-ageing beauty secrets; weight control; and phytoestrogens in your diet.
5. UK annual membership (4 issues of the newsletter and regular fact sheets) costs £18 for individuals; £22 for local organisations; £30 for companies/national organisations; corporate (over 10 copies) and overseas memberships are available on request.
6. All press enquiries to Norma Goldman on 020 8420 7245.
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