Healthy Living Forum

Nov 27, 2020

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Big crowds braved wild weather to attend the recent Healthy Living Forum co hosted by Sport Taranaki, New Plymouth Injury Safe and New Plymouth Positive Ageing Trust..

Speakers included Dietitian Niamh O'Sullivan, Pharamacist Kelsi Freer, Physiotherapist Rachel Brook and Geriatrician Dr Jennifer James. The irrepresible Hilary Blackstock (Sport Taranaki & PlayFit with Hils & Personalised Health Coach) kept the blood flowing between speakers with a range of fun exercises. Thanks also to Lance Girling-Butcher for opening the event up on the right note.


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Some of the take home messages included:

  • Niamh O Sullivan – Dietician - food is to be enjoyed but with a little focus on key nutritious food such as fruit, vegetables, fish, lean meat, dairy, nuts & seeds they can fuel their bodies to feel good and live their lives to the fullest.
  • Kelsi Freer - Pharmacist - get to know your medicines and don't be afraid to ask questions.
  • Rachel Brook – Physiotherapist - Exercise has so many benefits at every age. The beneifts of exercise far outweigh not moving.  Move it or lose it - every little bit counts.  Get to know your medicines, and don't be afraid to ask questions at the pharmacy
  • Jennifer James – Geriatrician (GP) - exercise regularly! and talk with their doctors about only getting tests that they truly need


Another main theme woven through the event was the importance of keeping healthy, active and strong to prevent falls.  Need more information on how to build simple and effective ways to maintain good strength and balance into your daily life?  Contact Hilary Blackstock at Sport Taranaki for more information.  A list of fun, effective and affordable Community Strength and Balance classes near you can be found here at the Community Strength and Balance section of Sport Taranaki's website.

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