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Eat your way to better health

Carol_Green_-_eat_your_way_to_good_health_10_June_2015At the 10 June 2015 meeting, Rotarian Carol Green presented a fascinating overview of her scientific approach to healthy eating.

Carol has a background in medical laboratory work and in more recent years has set up a business in nutrition consultancy and education. She highlighted five significant nutrition facts, the first being that food is the most powerful drug you will ever take by mouth. As many people have learned it is hard to lose weight (and retain a lower weight) by restricting calorie intake.

The consumption of fat, in moderation of course, is not the sole driver of what makes people overweight. Evidence has now become much clearer that sugar consumption is a significant contributor to weight gain, and the possible onset of diabetes. It was disconcerting to learn that 250gms of pasta has the sugar equivalent of 1 cup of sugar. She reminded us that New Zealand has the third highest consumption of sugar in the world - perhaps not a goal that we as a country, or individually, we should strive for.

Carol made the point that consumption of fats has for many years been ‘enemy number one’ with a drive to reduce fat content in the manufactured foods that we eat. This led manufacturers in many cases to reduce the fat content in many foods and replace with sugar. Clearly this was designed to improve taste/flavour for the consumer. It has now become evident that we have swapped one issue, fats, for another, sugar.

In summary, the choice of a wide and varied diet is to be encouraged. We need to maintain a regular intake of protein, meat and fish being a primary source. The body needs some fat intake to function properly, and again the answer would seem to be in moderation. Carbohydrates – the pastas, bread, rice, potatoes are significant contributors of sugar, so if weight has become an issue then reducing the intake of these foods will help. Fresh fruit and vegetables are high in the good list, fruit juice though not so good, again because of the sugar content.

A change in eating habits will in most cases require a rethink of the type of meals and foods that we eat and Carol is able to offer this help.

Member’s update

Euan Patchett 10 June 2015It was a real pleasure to hear from Rotarian, Euan Patchett. He noted that he’s celebrating 18 months’ recovery since his stroke with the ability to present his member's talk regarded as a special occasion. Euan told us about the overseas trip that he and his wife, Dianne had in England and Europe following the Inner Wheel triennial Convention in Copenhagen.





Upcoming events




16 June

Book Fair Setting Up

Ken Pearson

Pizza meal - $15.00 pp

23 June

Dame Beverley Wakem

PDG/Past Pres Pat Waite
27/28 June

First weekend - Book Fair

30 June

Rotary Club of Tawa - 

Presidential Changeover

President Martin Garcia

President Elect Ken Pearson

1 July

District Governor Changeover

4/5 July

Second weekend - Book Fair

7 July

Martin Jenkins

Dangers of Drowsy Driving

John Sloan
14 July

Superintendent Tusha Penny

Des O'Sullivan

Working bee - Book Fair

Tuesday 16 June is the second Rotary meeting dedicated to preparing for the annual Tawa Rotary book fair.

Pizza will be provided - $15pp. IMPORTANT – please advise if you are not able to attend; or if you will be bringing guests to help out. Malcolm needs accurate numbers for catering. Email:

The Book Fair is being held on 27/28 June and 4/5 July. Each weekend until the book fair, Ken’s team will need a group each Sunday 1pm to continue on with this activity. Additionally for those who wish to give some time during the working day/night please feel free to drop down. This year, fictional books are being sorted into alphabetical order by author.

Invite guests to this event – 23 June!

Dame Beverley WakemOn 23 June, we have a "Special Night" to celebrate President Martin's last Club night before Changeover. Partners will be welcome to join us to hear:Hewitt Humphrey

Award winning Radio NZ broadcaster Hewitt Humphrey QSM JP will interview live the Chief Ombudsman, Dame Beverley Wakem DNZM CBE - a special setting is being arranged at the Bowling Club.

Similar to a "This is Your Life" programme, Hewitt will canvas Dame Beverley's extensive career in broadcasting, business and her current role as Chief Ombudsman. Additionally, Dame Beverley first became involved with Rotary as a Rotary Scholar, travelling to the USA and later joined Rotary as the first female member of the Rotary Club of Wellington and became the first female President of that Club. Both she and Hewitt are still current members.

So a "Real Rotary Night" and it would be great to see a large attendance.

Rotary news

Simon Manning is all set to lead the District as our Governor from 1 July, including the following:

  • You will all get a printed copy of the District Directory.
  • has been updated with information that will “go live” at midnight 1 July 2015. You will find helpful information there about what our district and other districts are up to.
  • A Rotary District 9940 Facebook page has been set up to allow you to follow activities in the District.

Rotary International has announced Rotary’s new member benefits programme which gives Rotary members access to discounts on a variety of products and services selected with their interests in mind. Rotary Global Rewards will be launched in July, with discounts on car rentals, hotels, dining, and entertainment.

District 9940 Changeover

District 9940 Changeover 1 July 2015

District Changeover Details 1 Jul 2015District 9940 Changeover is being held on 1 July 2015. Attached details refer. District_Changeover_Invitation_PDF [size 127Kb]






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