There was a good turnout for a Healthy Living Expo run by Hamilton church with the help of Pastor Don Sforcina and his wife Aileen. 

Cooking demonstrations, health checks, juicing and smoothies with free tasting, computerised Health Age tests and short health presentations were all part of the Expo and there was a steady stream of visitors from the community. Additionally, community businesses ran health-related stalls.  Best of all, a prior mayor of Hamilton provided live background music.  He was also instrumental in helping organise an article in the local newspaper, and provide contacts with the Shire council. Hamilton’s Senior Citizens Centre, located on a main thoroughfare of the town, was an ideal venue.

A number of advertising platforms were used, helping ensuring a good turnout.  Sister churches around the Western district lent a hand to the small group in Hamilton during the Expo. 

The Expo was followed up with Jump into Health, a series of weekly healthy living workshops. Registrations for the workshops exceeded 40, and the number attending totalled 36, with 18 receiving certificates of completion on the final day. 

The presentations were well-received, with wide interest in continuing to learn more with follow-up meetings. One attendee has expressed interest in attending church services.  A depression recovery series is planned for early 2019. 

Peter Tung