Attend the Sunshine Coast Heart Week Expo and talk to a health expert
  • Thursday 28 April 2016
ImageIf you want to improve your health and wellbeing, make sure you head to the Sunshine Coast Heart Expo from 8am to noon this Saturday (April 30) and talk to health experts on a range of topics.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said the Sunshine Coast Social Strategy 2015 outlined council’s priorities in building a stronger community.

“One of the strategy’s four key targets is to ensure the Sunshine Coast maintains its number one ranking as the healthiest region in Queensland,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“To help us achieve that, council has partnered with the health and wellbeing sector to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle during Heart Week.

“I invite the community to join me and the Heart Foundation Walkers for a leisurely walk around Lake Kawana at 8am this Saturday to launch the Sunshine Coast Heart Week.

“Saturday also features the Sunshine Coast Heart Week 2016 Expo at Lake Kawana Community Centre.

“There will be free bike rides, stand up paddle boarding, walking, cooking demonstrations, free vascular health checks, a jumping castle and more.

“From 8.30am we will hear from high-calibre health and well-being experts who are delivering specialist presentations with an opportunity for questions and answers at the end.

“This is a rare opportunity for people to hear first-hand from specialists such as Professor Kim Greaves, Director of Cardiac Research, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Services and Associate Professor Chris Askew, Head of the VasoActive Research Group and Senior Research Fellow, University of the Sunshine Coast to name a few.”

The presentations will culminate in a panel discussion by health experts at 11.30am on the topic, Healthy Hearts for Life.

Just by attending the Expo, the community can enter the draw to win over $1000 in prizes.

Sunshine Coast Heart Week Expo activities
Saturday, April 30
Lake Kawana Community Centre

6am: CORCA of a Heart Ride
Meet local Mountain Bike Club, Caloundra off Road Cycling Association (CORCA) at the front of Caloundra High School, 88 Queen Street, Caloundra and head off on an introductory healthy heart ride on local trails. This will explore some of the local mountain bike trails and then aim to finish at the Heart Week Expo for the Pump for a Healthy Heart Challenge.

8am to noon: Pump for a Healthy Heart Challenge

Riders of all ages, skill levels and abilities can try out the pump track challenge. Come along and find out how many laps can you complete without pedalling.

8am to noon: Heart Foundation Walking
Join ‘Happy Heart’ and the Heart Foundation Walkers for a leisurely walk around Lake Kawana from 8am.

8am to noon: Want to try out stand up paddle (SUP) boarding or test your circus skills?
Thanks to Queensland Recreation Centres you can do just that for free. Don’t forget to bring your swimmers, rash shirt, hat, towel and spare clothes for the SUP. Life jackets and shoes will be provided.

8am to noon: Free Vascular Health Check
The VasoActive research group from the University of the Sunshine Coast will be offering free vascular health checks including blood pressure, vascular stiffness and leg circulation assessments.

8am to noon: Whip up a free smoothie

Thanks to TravelSmart you can get active and healthy and whip up your own free smoothie on the pedal-powered smoothie bike.

9am: Family Boot Camp Class
Get active and health and join Ezyfit Health and Fitness in the free family boot camp class on the grassed outdoor area.

9am: Free ride along to Kawana Forest
Bring your bike along and join Have Fun Tours for a free guided bike ride to Kawana Forest from Lake Kawana. $10 if you need to hire a bike.

The Sunshine Coast Heart Week Expo kicks off a week-long program of events across the region. From free bike rides, blood pressure checks, tennis clinics and fitness classes - there is something for everyone!

Visit council’s website and search ‘health and wellbeing’ to download a Heart Week brochure and find out the range of activities and exhibitors at the Expo.