Published on 28 March 2012
28 March 2012
A Sunshine Coast business woman who has helped millions of people turn their lives around through healthy eating will become an Honorary Senior Fellow of the University of the Sunshine Coast next week.
Annette Sym, author of the Symply too Good to be True cookbook series, said she was excited and proud to be receiving the honorary award at the University’s graduation ceremony on Wednesday 4 April.
“I have turned my greatest weakness, food, into my greatest strength and I pinch myself every day,” she said.
“Who would have thought that I would have achieved what I have to date, and now this award from the University is just the icing on the cake – low fat of course!”
Ms Sym’s journey to success began 19 years ago after she lost 35kg through a healthy, low-fat diet plan. She self-published her recipes and dieting tips in a series of cookbooks, of which more than 3.5 million copies have now sold world-wide.
“People know I have struggled with my weight but I show what you can achieve if you act like a healthy person,” she said.
“I love what I do and I am so grateful that I was once overweight as it has helped me in more ways than I could have ever imagined to write my cookbooks, and to give empowering presentations and workshops.”
Ms Sym of Buderim has won numerous awards including Sunshine Coast Businesswoman of the Year in 2000, and Telstra Australian Government and Queensland Government Micro-business of the Year Awards 2004.
She was also ranked number 27 in the BRW magazine’s list of top 50 Entrepreneurial Women in Australia in 2006, and served on the Queensland Association School Tuckshops Board for four years.
USC’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill praised Ms Sym as a true leader in her field.
“Annette’s work in researching and incorporating healthy living recipes and lifestyle recommendations into her cookbooks, particularly in the areas of obesity and diabetes, is changing the lives of many people,” Professor Hill said.
“Annette turned her life around when she embarked on her own weight loss journey, which inspired her to share her story with others.”
— Michelle Widdicombe