ELIA Wellness Summit inspires and equips

Dr Christiana Leimena-Lehn presenting on mitochondria and heart health.

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This year’s ELIA Wellness Summit, held May 24-26 on the Gold Coast, Queensland, shone a spotlight on the future of health, featuring the latest insights into lifestyle medicine and compelling community impact stories.

The summit brought together 175 health leaders and enthusiasts from Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Fiji and featured a top line-up of presenters who delved into topics such as the gut microbiome, cancer and nutrition, pain management, the integration of artificial intelligence in health, and the power of lifestyle changes for tackling type 2 diabetes and autoimmune diseases. There were plenty of opportunities for networking and inspirational stories were shared from wellness hubs at Papakura (New Zealand) and Wahroonga (Sydney, Australia), and the Manna Haven eatery in Byron Bay (North New South Wales, Australia).

“It warmed my heart to hear the powerful stories from the ELIA Partners who are using the ELIA toolkit to meet the needs of the community and build relationships with them so they can live their best life now and for eternity,” said Dr Geraldine Przybylko, executive director of ELIA Wellness and South Pacific Division Adventist Health strategy leader.

Dr Geraldine Przybylko presenting on the De-stress and Thrive wellness program.

The Gold Coast was chosen for this year’s summit due to ELIA’s strategic partnership with the South Queensland Conference, which is working towards setting up 50 ELIA Wellness hubs by 2025. The need for such initiatives is evident: “Nine out of 10 people in Australia and New Zealand are dying from chronic disease such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer, and one in five Australians have a mental health disorder,” said Dr Przybylko.

“This drives our dream to see every church and school become an ELIA Wellness hub, and every clinic to become a wellness clinic so we can bring health, healing and hope to the community like never before. Imagine becoming known as the place to go in your community, for improving wellness.”

10,000 Toes leaders Pam Townend and George Kwong.

Participants left the summit feeling inspired and motivated. Pacific Adventist University vice-chancellor Professor Lohi Matainaho shared: “Thanks for the great summit! Enjoyed the presentations and was inspired by the amazing stories, and meeting with wonderful people. Plenty of motivation to establish a lifestyle medicine centre at PAU and support wellness hubs in PNG.”

Amanda Joubert, another participant, echoed this sentiment: “Thanks so much for putting together such an amazing summit—what a great experience it was! Not only a beautiful venue, amazing people but the messages were inspiring, informative and relevant for our time! I would love to do some of the ELIA workshops as I am inspired to go out and fulfil God’s purpose and mission in my own life. My biggest takeaway from the summit was ‘community for eternity!’”

For more information on becoming an ELIA Partner email: partner@eliawellness.com

Participants had plenty of opportunities for networking and to visit the various exhibitors.
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