Slam dunk health, well­be­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - HOT PROPERTY -

TWO Cairns Ti­a­pans play­ers will add a lit­tle star qual­ity to next week’s Health and Well­be­ing Expo in Port Dou­glas.

But expo or­gan­is­ers are keep­ing quiet about which bas­ket­ballers are due to take to the court in a sports demon­stra­tion.

The event is part of a joint ini­tia­tive be­tween Moss­man Multi Pur­pose Health Ser­vice, the Com­mu­nity Agency Net­work and Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil to en­cour­age Dou­glas res­i­dents to “ac­ti­vate and re­ju­ve­nate”.

More than 40 in­ter­ac­tive stalls will be set up to pro­vide expo vis­i­tors with in­for­ma­tion on med­i­cal ser­vices, al­ter­na­tive ther­a­pies, fit­ness, nutrition and more.

Other high­lights on the day in­clude yoga, med­i­ta­tion demon­stra­tions.

Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil act­ing re­gional man­ager for Dou­glas Liz Col­lyer said af­ter a hugely suc­cess­ful inaugural expo last year a de­ci­sion was made to con­tinue this year.

“We just couldn’t be­lieve the re­sponse last year, we had over 500 peo­ple and it was huge so we’re ex­pect­ing a big re­sponse this year,” she said. “We wanted to share it up so we’re go­ing to share it be­tween Port Dou­glas and Moss­man by al­ter­nat­ing it each year. It’s prob­a­bly a bit big­ger this year - there will be just over 40 dif­fer­ent stalls and an­other full day of ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Free blood pres­sure and sugar level tests

and

salsa

danc­ing will fea­ture, along with zumba and pump classes, acupunc­ture and a chil­dren’s play area.

Ms Col­lyer said good health was a re­sult of a holis­tic ap­proach to life­style, not merely a yearly visit to the GP.

“So many things feed into health and well­be­ing, not just go­ing to the doc­tor,” she said.

“It’s about your whole way of life - how you keep fit, how you rest, eat­ing well and par­tic­i­pat­ing in the com­mu­nity.”

Ms Col­lyer has one mes­sage for par­tic­i­pants - bring your sense of ad­ven­ture.

“There is a whole com­ple­ment of dif­fer­ent ways to live your life,” she said.

“Of­ten these days you see a com­bi­na­tion of East and West ther­a­pies and it’s best that peo­ple know what’s avail­able lo­cally so they can make an in­formed choice about what’s best for them.”

The 2010 Health and Well­be­ing Expo runs from 10am-4pm on Tues­day, Au­gust 31 at the Port Dou­glas Com­mu­nity Hall.

All Dou­glas re­gion res­i­dents are in­vited to at­tend the free com­mu­nity event.

A free bus ser­vice will trans­port Moss­man, Moss­man Gorge and Cooya Beach res­i­dents to the expo. The bus will de­part Moss­man bus stop on Front St, op­po­site the bak­ery, at 10am, 12pm and 2pm be­fore re­turn from Port Dou­glas at 1pm, 3pm and 4pm.

Photo by VERONICA SAGREDO

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