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In spite of the weather the Willoughby community really turned out to learn how to live healthier, more active and better lives at the inaugural Live Well Day celebrations at Chowne Hall Willoughby on Sunday 5th March.

Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney, said it was great to see so many organisations coming together to educate and inspire local families.

“To address rising rates of ‘lifestyle’ diseases in Australia, and here in Willoughby, we really need to empower people to make better decisions regarding their health at the grassroots level,” said Keynote Speaker Michelle Chevalley Hedge.

The Live Well Day event got everyone thinking and talking about their health and provided locals with access to a range of professional advice, while enjoying a fun day out with their families.

Stall Holder Fiona Carter said the local families who attended the event were keen to find out more about diet; exercise and improving health standards.

“There was a constant crowd at the live demonstrations of pilates and self defence with people wanting to watch and learn about the activities.”

Chiropractor Dr Louis Jen said the free spinal screenings were a hit with people of all ages, with many reporting having experienced some form of back or neck pain in the past month or so.

“We checked the posture of a number of people on Sunday and saw quite a few cases of Posture related problems,” Louis Jen said.

“When you bring together local businesses who share the same passion for health and wellness it can only impact the community in a positive way.” said Event Co-ordinator Nicole Te

At the end of the day there were all up 10 prizes that were donated by local businesses and our sponsors. We were very grateful for their donations and those who attended and were lucky enough to win one of these prizes were just as grateful.

Live Well Day Willoughby would not be the event that it was without the contributions from our sponsors such as Kylie Norman from Acorn Press; Willoughby Hotel; Billabong Health Retreat and Golden Door Health retreat from Hunter Valley. As a final note we wish to thank the following businesses that were involved on the day, Studio 84; Uncoil Pilates; A Healthy View; Vt1 academy; Kuringai Gai Yoga; Arbonne; The Bean Team; Top juice and Complete Health Chiropractic. We are already planning for an even bigger event to bring to the community next year.

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You’ve been invited!

“Embrace” the documentary filmed by Taryn Brumfitt uncovers why poor body image has become a global epidemic and what women everywhere can do to have a brighter future. Throughout March &  April we are raising awareness and importance of the act of Self Love by hosting a FREE movie screening of “Embrace” here at Complete Health Chiropractic!

Just email your FULL NAME to admin@completehealthchiro.com.au to confirm your seat!

Click here to view the “Embrace” Movie Trailer


Healthy Banana Bread!



  • 2 medium bananas (make sure it is very ripe and mashed up)
  • 2 1/2 tbsp (50g) honey
  • 3 1/2 tbsp (50g) butter or coconut oil, melted
  • 4 eggs (~200g)
  • 1/2 cup (55g) coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup (50g) almond meal
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda


1. Preheat your oven to 170C/340F.

2. Grease and line a small loaf tin (21cm x 7.5cm deep loaf tin) and set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, mash your bananas and add in your honey, melted butter/coconut oil and eggs.

3. Mix in your coconut flour, baking soda and almond meal and allow to sit for two minutes. The mix will look really runny at first, but the coconut flour will soon absorb the liquid and form a thicker batter. It’s more of a pancake batter consistency than a thick cake batter, however, if your mix is extremely liquidy, add in coconut flour one teaspoon at a time.

4. Pour your banana bread mixture into your prepared loaf tin and bake for 40 minutes to an hour (keep an eye on it – cooking times will depend on your pan size) or until your loaf is cooked through and a skewer inserted into the middle removes clean – If your banana bread is browning too quickly but isn’t cooked in the middle, cover it with foil.

5. Allow to cool completely before slicing.

We find this banana bread keeps best in a sealed container in the refrigerator and it will keep for up to a week. You can also freeze the slices by wrapping the slices individually and storing them in a sealed zip lock bag in the freezer.

The Role of Vitamin D & Sunlight

  1. Understand that genetically humans require sunlight exposure for wellness and prevention. Research is clear that sun exposure is healthy, it is sunburns that are unhealthy.
  2. Make sure that on the days that you do not have adequate amounts of sun exposure that you supplement with vitamin D.
  3. The best approach is to expose as much of your skin as possible to the sun FOR A CONTROLLED AMOUNT OF TIME and then to put on protective clothing.  Sunsuits are great for kids, they are cool in the heat, they are great to swim in, and they dry off quickly.
  4. START SLOWLY and gradually increase the amount of time you are in the sun.  Start with 5-10 minute exposures and when you start to darken GRADUALLY increase that time.
  5. When prolonged sun exposure is unavoidable use a safe, natural sunscreens (these are just combinations of healthy natural oils and the minerals zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide). These minerals will stay on the surface of the skin – they protect as a barrier, the oils protect as antioxidants.
  6. Make sure you are sufficient in Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil. EPA and DHA fatty acids are important components of healthy skin and research shows that these healthy fatty acids afford protection to your skin from the inside out just as the topical application of healthy oils does from the outside in.
  7. AVOID sunscreens that contain the dangerous chemicals that are toxic and are often either carcinogenic, estrogen-mimicking or both. Remember, anything you apply to the skin gets absorbed into the bloodstream!Sunshine for Article - CHC


One of the event organizers, Chiropractor Kim Lie Jom, said the focus on ‘preventative healthcare’ meant individuals; families and communities were increasingly responsible for their own health.

“We all know that ‘lifestyle’ diseases such as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes are on the rise and research shows they can be prevented through healthier living, however, there is a lack of public support to help people make better decisions,” Mr Jom said.

“In the 1980s the government used ‘Norm’ to encourage people to eat healthier and get up off the couch, and now 20 years later we’re still trying to get that message across.

“Turn off the TV, step away from your computer, put down that iPhone – get outside, spend time with your family, come and learn how to live a healthier, more active and more rewarding life.”

Live Well Day Willoughby is a health, wellness and safety awareness day for families and individuals in the lower north shore community and is happening on the 5th March this year.

This annual event will be taking place at Chowne Hall, Willoughby Park for the first time.

Live Well Day Willoughby aims to educate families and communities on social concerns such as health, safety, and environmental issues that affect us as individuals and as a community.

The event is free to the whole community and Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney will be on hand to open the day and say a few words.

The event is being organised by like-minded local health professionals who are dedicated to making a difference in the community.

Members of the community can take part in free posture checks, Pilates classes, self defence demonstrations, yoga classes, colouring in competition and Puppets, Magic, Mayhem & Fun for the young and young at heart.

There will be a range of experts on hand providing the latest information about healthy lifestyle choices such as movement and exercise, nutrition, home safety and environmental awareness.

Key note speaker Michele Chevalley–Hedge and her team from ‘A Healthy View’ will conduct live cooking demonstrations as well as sharing current unhappy and unhealthy health trends and how to get it right with nutrition in the real world without extremes.

Due to Michele’s former role as a marketing manager she truly understands the needs of a busy lifestyle and how families want health but not the hassle.

Active wear and exercise mats are encouraged as Chris Richie of Uncoil Pilates & Health Solutions, Liz Kraeftt of Ku-ring-gai Yoga and Cassie To from VT1, Martial Arts Academy will all have attendees up, out of their seats with FREE Pilates, yoga and self- defence workshops throughout the day.

Live well Day is a great reminder that we as individuals and as a community are responsible for our own health.

“Seeking and gaining knowledge about health, safety, and environmental issues is crucial to making informed decisions when it comes to health and the health of our families, Live Well Day Willoughby provides the perfect ‘one stop shop’ for the Lower North Shore community to explore all aspects creating healthy families” Said Engrid Stevenson co-organiser from Complete Health Chiropractic.

The afternoon will have a fun- filled family atmosphere with health, wellness and environmentally focused stall holders on board for the day. People can try products and continue to learn more about keeping themselves and their environment healthier.

Live Well Day Willoughby Stall Holders for 2017 include;

  • Complete Health Chiropractic
  • Willoughby City Council – Sustainability Programme
  • Arbonne International
  • Top Juice, Chatswood
  • VT1 Academy Martial Arts
  • Uncoil Pilates & Health Solutions
  • Studio 84  Health & Fitness
  • The Bean Team
  • Ku-ring-gai Yoga

You can also visit Live well Day – Willoughby 2017 to learn more about Live Well Day 2017. Make sure you don’t miss out on tickets by Click Here!

For further information on Live Well Day Willoughby 2017 please contact:

Suite 103, 1 Spring St, Chatswood NSW 2067

P: 02 9413 3090

Nicole Te, Event Co-ordinator

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