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Students Receive Much Food For Thought

​Noosa District State High School 2001 graduate Zane Hacker visited the schoolto give a presentation to Year 11 Social and Community Studies students about health, food and nutrition.

Chef and food author, Mr Hacker has worked a number of stints over the past decade in Antarctica, feeding the scientists and researchers based in Australian camps on the frozen continent.

Mr Hacker assisted the students with their assignment on healthy eating, by providing the class with an informative and educational lesson on food, explaining the chemical breakdown of nutrients and how to best plan for a wholesome diet.

Mr Hacker spoke to the students about the importance of planning meals and some of the difficulties faced with meal preparation in Antartica.

"One surprising aspect was that carrots and apples nearly last a year in storage as there is no moisture or mold in Antartica," Mr Hacker said.

Mr Hacker advised the class to avoid skipping meals and to plan ahead by preparing their own healthy 'takeaway' meals, ready made in the fridge, which only need reheating.

"Sometimes you don't feel like cooking and it's so handy to have nutritious meals on hand, ready to go," Mr Hacker said.

The students enjoyed a slideshow Mr Hacker shared of the impressive photographs he took whilst based in the Antarctic and which also feature in his book, Antarctic Sundays.

The students were provided with much food for thought from today's educative lesson.