Wellness seminar to be repeated

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A women’s wellness seminar has gone full circle after $1600 was raised from the Cromwell event for the Breast Cancer Foundation.

The event, which featured four speakers who talked about various female health-related topics, was expected to be the first of many due to its success, co-organiser Beth Hunter said.

Cromwell Chiropractic organised the first event, held at the Central Yoga Studio on June 29.

“The first one was originally going to be the only one, but it was such a huge success we got asked by people to do another one, so we’ve decided to run a series of them.”

Mrs Hunter said the first event was attended by about 65 people.

Among the speakers was pelvic floor physio Lisa Carnie, of Wanaka.

Junction Health nurse Alice van Zijl talked about how women could do self-breast checks. She also discussed what other resources were available in the community for women, which they might not be aware of.

Holistic nutritionist Kate Callighan chatted about her knowledge of women’s health.

Event co-organiser and chiropractor Ashleigh Tucker talked about various aspects of her work that also relate to women.

“It was quite varied, which I think people quite liked,” Mrs Hunter said.

She believed the seminar’s success was in part helped by people becoming increasingly health conscious.

“I think people are wanting to know what’s available to them and looking for all the options.”

She said that included mainstream health.

One aim of the seminar was to “empower” women to look into all their options, she said.

organisers plan to repeat in spring but next time it will feature a different topic and charity.

What that theme will be has yet to be decided.

Mrs Hunter said a paediatric event could be an option, to “keep children healthy and happy”.

“That’s what drives us to do the work that we do – we just want to help people to have healthier, happier lives. So often there’s so many things people can do to achieve that.”