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South West Wellness and Benefits Expo a huge success

Friday, 27 August 2010


  • Senior Lecturer, Regional Professional Studies, Mrs Joan Strikwerda-Brown, South West Recreational Officers Caitlyn McDonald and Teagan Ginoa and the Dean of Regional Professional Studies, Mr Robert Irvine at the South West Expo.

    Senior Lecturer, Regional Professional Studies, Mrs Joan Strikwerda-Brown, South West Recreational Officers Caitlyn McDonald and Teagan Ginoa and the Dean of Regional Professional Studies, Mr Robert Irvine at the South West Expo.

More than 250 people turned out for the ECU South West Wellness and Benefits Expo, held on Wednesday, 25 August at the South West Campus.

The event was a great success, attracting staff, students and community members with a range of free activities promoting health and well being, including free reflexology, blood pressure checks, cooking demonstrations, prize draws and giveaways.

Inspirational speaker and former Biggest Loser contestant, Alison Braun challenged attendees to think more about their health and wellbeing and encouraged visitors to jump for joy, step out of their comfort zone and do something for the first time.

‘The Doc’ from the Western Force was also there throughout the day, chatting with visitors and giving advice on preventative health at ECU’s Men’s e-Health Network stand.

Wellness Coordinator, Fiona Peters was thrilled with the turnout, which surpassed last year’s event.

“It was great to see so many people at the Expo. We want to encourage everyone to be proactive about their health on all levels - physically, mentally and emotionally, so I hope that everyone that attended is inspired to think more about how to improve their health and well being.”

“I’d like to thank everyone involved, particularly Alison, whose inspirational talk emphasised that you can’t always control what life throws at you, but you can control how you react.”

All staff who registered before the event went in the running to win prizes kindly donated by exhibitors, with 11 staff members taking home some fantastic goodies.

The event follows the success of the Health and Health and Wellness Expos held at the Joondalup and Mount Lawley campuses earlier in the year, and is an initiative of the staff Health and Wellness Live Life Longer Program.

For more information on other activities in the staff Health & Wellness program, visit the Live Life Longer webpage.

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