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Events | 14.06.2018

Health & Wellness - Real Big Things #22

When we talk about things that matter in our day-to-day lives, being happy and healthy is key to everyone - not to mention, topical.

So with that in mind, this time Real Big Things assembled five experts across different areas of the health and wellness industry to share their insights on topics that impact us all personally.

Dietitian Doctor Tim Crowe kicked off proceedings by sharing the most trustworthy dietary secret. Forget Atkins, Paleo or 5 & 1, this is one based on evidence - the Blue Zone approach. Blue Zones are regions of the world where people live much longer than average and as Tim explained, not only are there commonalities across the five known Blue Zones, the lifestyle lessons we can learn from them are relativity simple to apply to our own lives.

Moving from diet to exercise, Professor Carol Maher explained why society's focus shouldn't be on getting the fit, fitter but the inactive, active. Utilising her research on daily activity patterns and motivating people positively through technology, Carol pointed out three key, often underestimated drivers that can influence inactivity. Interestingly, these drivers are not just relevant for encouraging exercise, but also for jump-starting other parts of our lives that need a lift. In Q&A, she was also quick to dispel the commonly held belief that 'sitting is the new smoking', and that in reality, standing is sedentary too.

Peter Xing challenged our way of thinking about death by presenting the very real prospect that living forever isn't just a plot in Hollywood scripts. As the co-founder of Transhumanism Australia and life-extension enthusiast, Peter walked us through the research developments that are potentially making living comfortably into our hundreds, science non-fiction. So why wouldn't we want to be part of the first generation that lives forever?

But what about simply living by beating life-threatening diseases? Michelle Gallaher used her own story of becoming a human guinea pig to demonstrate our misconceptions about medical research, clinical trials and the lifesaving cures we can be guilty of taking for granted. Having injected herself with the trial Ebola vaccine as part of a world first clinical trial, Michelle experienced human research at the earliest stage and called upon us to consider doing the same, for the population's greater good.

Professor Steven Allender rounded off the morning by emphasising the impact of childhood obesity in Australia. He contended that the increasingly dire problem can only be solved if communities take responsibility for maintaining each other’s health and wellness—a consistent theme we heard throughout the morning.

At the same time, same place and with the same caffeine options on offer, Real Big Things will throw the proverbial spanner into the way you think about your finances by exploring all things Wealth on Friday 31st August.

As always, tickets are already moving right here. Look forward to seeing you then!

Article details Author: Tom Webster
Partnerships Manager
Published: 14.06.2018


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