Victoria’s inaugural State Of Wellness Women’s Summit, supported by Bendigo Bank and the Canny Group, was held in Geelong on Thursday, October 10th 2019. Coinciding with World Mental Health Awareness Day last Thursday, it was an auspicious day for Geelong to host Victoria’s first State of Wellness Women’s Summit at GMHBA Stadium. Fourteen expert speakers spoke to a full house of women, who travelled from all over the state to learn more about all aspects of health, wellbeing and sustainable living.
The Summit aimed to empower women to create sustainable positive change in their lives, bringing together the best of our region’s wellness experts to inspire, encourage and guide women to live a healthy, happy and successful life. Women of all ages heard from a curated range of keynote speakers, and engaged in activities, a wellness expo and enjoyed nutritious food throughout the one-day event.
It was a wonderful day for like-minded people to come together and learn, exploring ways to enhance their wellbeing on all levels and finding ways to live with joy, harmony and fun. The honourable MP Christine Couzens opened the event and spoke honestly about issues facing women in today’s society.
Torquay’s Jo Surkitt, from Revitalize Lifestyle, designed the State Of Wellness event to raise awareness and provide education to engage, support and enable women to make good choices around their physical and mental health, family, work and overall wellbeing.
According to Beyond Blue, around 1 in 6 women in Australia will experience depression and 1 in 3 women will experience anxiety during their lifetime, Jo Surkitt felt an event focussing on Women’s Wellness was needed and by the fact it was sold out she was right. Jo was overwhelmed with all the wonderful and positive feedback from the event. “I was delighted with the outcome of event, so many women spoke to me throughout the day telling me that the day had changed their perspective on life and how much the event meant to them.” Jo said
The Summit covered wide ranging topics from hormones to nutrition, gut health to mental and emotional health, career to personal goals, fitness, overcoming illness, trauma and life challenges, rewiring the brain to creating healthy habits with guidance provided by passionate, flexible and resilient industry experts concluding with a transformational sound healing session.
The keynote speaker, Olympic Taekwondo Gold Medallist, Lauren Burns, was a highlight with her background as an elite sports person, naturopath, nutritionist and a mum, talking about the ups and downs, highs and lows of balancing life.
Amongst the guest speakers included Roxie Bennett (MC), Positive Change Creator Jo Surkitt, Motivational Speaker Jane Kinnear, Naturopath Rebecca Winkler and Deakin's Food & Mood Centre's team, joined by other industry leading wellness specialists.
Beth who attended the event said ‘What a wonderful, aspiring and uplifting event, Broad range of knowledgeable speakers to show us many choices to make our lives better, it was brilliant’
Kim said “An absolute credit to Jo Surkitt for bringing such a professional and inspiring event to Geelong. Having attended a number of Women’s summits in the past, the calibre of this summit was outstanding”
“Best day I can’t wait for the next one, great for women’s empowerment, lots of great takeaways.” commented Lisa Malone
“Inspiring, special day, definitely great to be here! Amazing women, delicious food, can’t wait for the next one” said Sarah
“Thank you for giving me a new lift on life” Rachel said
The Summit also offered a wonderful array of 20 local businesses showcasing their products and services in the Positive Change expo, with participants walking away with a wealth of knowledge.
Overall, the aim was to arm women with strategies to be their best, and plan a future that integrates clarity with peace, success, good health and joy, by learning skills to live a healthy and sustainable way of life. This will be a biennial event for the Geelong region.
Don’t miss the next State of Wellness Women’s Summit in 2021.
For full details: www.stateofwellness.com.au
The topic of wellness has been making the rounds as of late, and for good reason. With stress-related diseases on the rise along with other preventable chronic illnesses, incorporating a good wellness program is not only good for your employees but also good for business. Business Events Geelong sits down with Revitalize Lifestyle’s Jo Surkitt to chat wellness and the launch of her wellness summit.
Why is workplace wellness important?
Having worked in corporate wellness for 20 years I have seen the enormous benefit health and wellness programs have had on the employees. The key benefits I have seen are staff are more focused, inspired and motivated, they are able to manage their stress well, human resources notice a big decline in sick leave, injury and stress leave, staff are more productive, employee engagement improves, the emotional intelligence of both the managers and staff is stronger, leading to better resilience and self-regulation and less absenteeism and overall people are happier to come to work as they feel supported. It’s a win/win for everyone in the organisation.’
The topic of wellness has become very trendy lately, why do you think that is?
According to the Global Wellness Institute, the global wellness market grew to 4.2 trillion in 2017 from 3.36 trillion in 2013. People are now more conscious about not only their physical health they are researching and engaging in activities that improve their emotional and mental health as well. Workplaces and individuals are also noticing how food and stress can affect how they feel, act and behave. Having more access to a large range of products and services has helped enhance the awareness and accessibility of choosing a healthier way to live which is fantastic ’
People are experiencing positive effects from eating healthy foods, exercising, practising meditation, being out in nature and engaging in self-care activities such as massage, seeing a naturopath, going to the gym, cycling or trying out new hobbies. They realize we need time out from our busy, hectic schedules to recalibrate, heal and rejuvenate so we don’t get burnt out.
Tell us a little bit about the State of Wellness summit you’re launching
The summit has been established for women to learn new tools and strategies to create new sustainable habits in their busy lives that will allow them to live a joyful, balanced and healthy life. Women will learn from experts in all areas of health, wellbeing and conscious living and also have the opportunity to meet likeminded people. It’s like a Girl’s Day Out’ where they will leave with an abundance of ideas, strategies and products that will help them transform any part of their life.
Any parting words of advice?
Women will be inspired, educated and motivated to live their life to their full potential, at whatever stage of life they are at.
The State of Wellness and what can you expect to learn
Victoria’s inaugural State Of Wellness Women’s Summit will be held at GMHBA Stadium on Thursday, October 10th 2019.
The Summit aims to empower women to create sustainable positive change in their lives, bringing together the best of our region’s wellness and sustainable living experts to inspire, encourage and guide women to live a healthy, happy and successful life.
Women of all ages in all workplaces will hear from a curated range of keynote speakers, and engage in activities, a Positive Change expo and enjoy nutritious food throughout the one-day event.
This interactive day will cover a range of Workplace health and wellness topics that will inspire and motivate including:
- Work-life balance
- Combat Stress
- Managing hormones
- Food, healthy eating and nutrition
- Career and personal goals
- Increasing resilience
- Enhancing creativity
- Overcoming illness, trauma and life challenges
- Enhancing your Emotional Intelligence
State Of Wellness Women’s Summit
Thursday 10th October, 2019, at GMHBA Stadium
Here are some simple tools to help boost your immunity and reduce and clear congestion, not only during the winter months but great for the whole year.
The quick video includes a range of the following:
- Shaking technique: 1-2 minutes in the morning
- Drink warm lemon water, fresh lemon, ginger, turmeric and a shot of Fire Tonic in the morning
- Gentle facial massage and tapping on the sinuses
- Emotional side of Sinus and Congestion: Is the sinus infection coming from an emotional space. Sinuses are related to frustration, anger, resentment, irritation, repressing emotions, sorrow, unsure how to solve difficult problems, overanalysing, struggle to stand up for yourself, feeling worn out, pulled in many directions.
- Ear Candling 1-2 times a year
- Reflexology: Feet, hands and ears, worked remarkably for my Sinus in conjunction with Ear Candling
- Lymphatic massage
Reduce the Mucus Forming Foods
- Red Meat
- Wheat Products
- Corn and corn products
- Soy products
- Processed sugar products
- Soft drinks
- Alcoholic beverages
Foods That Reduce Mucus so eat more of
- Pumpkin seeds
- Honey or agar
- Cayenne pepper
- Olive oil
- Decaf tea
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Spring is a beautiful season but also the allergy season. Asthma, Hayfever and Sinus have been running rampant over the past few weeks. Having suffered hayfever and sinus severely when I was young, I know how debilitating it can be, though thankfully I found Ear Candling 20 years ago and I haven't endured either allergy since.
Along with having an Ear Candling session here are my best remedies for allergies such as Hayfever (allergic rhinitis, asthma, sinus, sinusitis and hives)
- Vitamin C: An effective natural anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory, and it also supports healthy immune function and protects from secondary respiratory conditions.Good sources are kiwi fruit, oranges and other citrus fruits, strawberries, red capsicums, broccoli, papaya, guava and mango. You may choose to take a Vitamin C supplement.
- Local Honey: Locally made honey acts as a natural immunotherapy, giving your immune system a daily dose of the allergen and a chance to get used to it.
- Pollen: Check daily pollen counts and if it's high in your region keep windows closed.
- Onion, Apples, Kale, Capers & Broccoli: There are many foods which contain the natural antihistamine, quercetin. Onions and Apples are among the most common and help ease the symptoms of an allergic reaction
- Horseradish: Acts as a decongestant, helping to clear the nasal passages.
- Garlic: helps clear nasal congestion and anti histamine, it's also an immune enhancer.
- Ginger: A powerful natural anti-inflammatory that helps reduce nasal swelling and associated hay fever symptoms.
- Pineapple: A rich source of bromelain , an enzyme with strong systemic anti-inflammatory effects, which helps decrease mucosal inflammation and nasal congestion.
- Salt Therapy: We go to Salts of the Earth in Torquay for our kids Asthma and Eczema and it works a treat for all allergies
- Brauer's Allergy Range
- Martin & Pleasance Tissue Salts (Combination Q or H)
Quay Osteopathy: Cranial osteopathy is a very subtle, gentle technique bringing more mobility to the facial bones and sinuses.
Fire Tonic regularly daily dose does wonders
- Vacuum regularly
- Change bed sheets regularly
- Air Atomiser with Essential oils: Lavender, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Lemon or doTerra's Easy Air
- Take Probiotics
- Avoid diary: Limit or avoid cow’s milk and other dairy products as they can increase the production of mucus in the respiratory tract and exacerbate nasal congestion. Try alternatives such as rice, almond, quinoa and coconut milks.