Former Cleve Area School student and now author Liana Werner-Gray returned to the school this week to speak about her books.
Miss Werner-Gray attended Cleve Area School from year 8 to 11, before she returned to Alice Springs for year 12.
She now lives in New York and is the author of two books on healthy eating.
Her passion for healthy eating first started when she returned to Alice Springs as a teenager.
“When I went back to Alice Springs, I started eating junk food and became really unhealthy,” Miss Werner-Gray said.
“I ended up in hospital with a massive lump in my throat, which was diagnosed as a stage one lymphatic tumor.”
From then on, Miss Werner-Gray taught herself how to eat junk food but in a healthy way.
“Growing up in Alice Springs, I learnt a lot about nutrition from the Indigenous people and then my dad is a chef as well.”
Miss Werner-Gray moved to Brisbane after finishing school, where she started a blog about her experiences in healthy eating to share them with others.
From the blog in Brisbane, she has now spent eight years in New York, where she wrote her books, The Earth Diet and 10 Minute Recipes, and gives talks about healthy eating, while partnering with her favourite healthy ingredients.
She is also a health and nutrition coach, working with a medical centre, where patients have blood drawn and Miss Werner-Gray makes an eating plan up for them.
“I believe it’s important to educate people about health issues around them,” Miss Werner-Gray said.
“Everyone knows to eat healthy but I give people a way to still eat what they crave, but in a healthy way.”
Miss Werner-Gray said she loved speaking to children about eating healthy.
“I love it, I love seeing the kids light up when I talk to them.”
Despite leaving Cleve more than a decade ago, Miss Werner-Gray said the town had not changed much.
“It’s still the same laid back town that it was when I was here,” she said.
“I think The Pink Door Co selling healthy options is really progressive, you can’t find stuff like that in Port Augusta or Whyalla.”