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health & wellbeing: sugar - what's all the fuss about?

  • May 15, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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what we are doing

The newspapers are full of the pleasures and perils of sugar at the moment. I will outline the historical context to this debate and also show you the current research behind the claims. I will cover the metabolism of sugar and the differences between natural and refined sugars. I will also set the talk in the context of our ongoing health.

The class will be 60 mins with 10-15 mins for questions and tea available afterwards.

Please note - this class is a timebank fundraiser, and there is a recommended Koha of $10 or more if people can afford, or you can pay with timebank credits, if you are a member (if not, enquire about joining!)

what you will learn

1. historical and political context of sugar consumption 
2. basic metabolism of different types of sugar (this is really easy for anyone a little scared of science) 
3. what sorts of effects this may have on your health 
4. practical ideas for changing your sugar consumption if you want to 
5. where you can find out more information

type of class next step

skill required beginner

your chalkler will be

Marion is a consultant physician at Wellington Hospital with a particular interest in nutrition and exercise as medicine for both prevention and treatment of diseases. She has almost completed a post graduate diploma in education, so she has skills in teaching. She is really keen to up-skill people in making healthy choices for themselves and their families especially when we are bombarded with what seems like conflicting information.

what to bring

nil (all will be provided by timebank)


donation $10 on the day

or timebank credit

we require a minimum of 1 people for this class to go ahead.

whilst every possible assistance will be offered, chalkle°, the Event Organisers/hosts and members cannot be held responsible for any accident, injuries or losses sustained leading up to, during, or after a class.

our cancellation policy
if you RSVP for a class and fail to show up, you will get a "no show". Three no shows means you will be removed from chalkle°. You may request to rejoin after six months.
if you cancel your RSVP:
- less than 3 days before = no refund
- after 7pm the night before = no refund and a "no show" will be recorded

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  • Jo S.

    fascinating talk.... Thanks Pam for your comments! I'll definitely be looking at this.

    May 16, 2013

  • Amy B.

    I'm trying to be as sugar free as possible so I found this event interesting and came away with some new ideas/knowledge.

    May 16, 2013

  • Pam O.

    Thank you Marion for a well presented , informative talk. You were great to listen to and even though I am well read there was plenty for me to take away.
    Should anyone be interested in learning more about some of the other topics mentioned but not discussed (not possible in one hour) there is an awesome all day seminar coming up in Wellington on 9 June. The presenters are interactive (like Marion) and they explain more about the fats, fibre, grain and dairy etc and give excellent information on how we should be eating for good health. I attended their seminar in Christchurch and it was fabulous and I will be attending this one too. The information given compliments Marion's talk very well and backs up her message whilst adding additional information on other aspects of nutrition. (Enter promo code bring-a-friend for a special offer)

    May 16, 2013

  • pru w.

    excellent, really useful for understanding about sugars

    May 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, we're not going to be able to make it now

    May 13, 2013

  • Pam O.

    I'll be there

    May 13, 2013

  • signe c.

    just had surgery and not up for being out yet.

    May 12, 2013

  • Tom^

    I am keen too ;-) See you next Wednesday;-)

    May 7, 2013

  • Amy B.

    I am keen to come and will bring a friend along with me

    May 2, 2013

  • Jo S.

    definitely very keen on this

    May 2, 2013

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