Eating well

Eating well plays a vital role in your overall health and allows you to get the most out of each day. Fuelling your brain and body with the right foods allows you to perform at your best. It is important to ensure that you are eating nutritious foods that are suited to your needs - remember that good nutrition can look different for different people. Find out more about what healthy eating habits look like below. 

Fuelling your brain

Did you know that the brain - which comprises about 2% of our body weight - uses about 20% of our energy? Fuelling it with healthy foods has benefits for mood, memory, and the prevention of disease. Aim to consume a varied diet containing plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, healthy unsaturated fats (for example fish, walnuts, and avocado) and limited sugar, salt, and saturated fats. 


Find out more 

  • The Australian Dietary Guidelines provide advice about the amount and kinds of foods that we need to eat for health and wellbeing. You can find them here

  • Fruit and veg doesn't just look pretty, there are particular health benefits associated with different colours, too! Read about what health benefits correspond with what colour here. Check out the ACT Government's 'The Mixing Bowl' recipe book for a range of tasty, healthy, and economical recipes.  

Eating well - getting help 

  • ANUSA's free student meals program is still running, but it looks slightly different due to COVID-19. The current service includes vouchers for lunch and dinner for students who are struggling. See here for more information. 

  • Both ANUSA and PARSA offer voucher programs for students struggling to afford groceries. See their pages here: ANUSA voucher programPARSA voucher program

  • The regular free breakfast program, usually offered at the Bryon Kenyon Student Space, is currently unavailable due to COVID-19. However, watch this space as the situation changes. 

  • In need of a quick, cheap bite? Check out the ANU Food Coop, located on Rimmer Street (right near Lena Karmel lodge), offering discounted lunches (good range of vegan options, too) and grocery essentials. 

  • If you're looking to reduce your food costs, you might find Eat for Health's Healthy Eating on a Budget useful. 


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