Why now is the time to take better care of your health
IT WAS one man’s mission to make people more aware of their physical and mental health that helped create Dalby’s first health expo.
Rotarian and event organiser Peter Wylie saw a niche in the community and felt it was time for the people of Dalby to take control of their health and wellbeing.
He took that passion and initiated an event that was the first of its kind.
“We’ve achieved our goals in terms of putting on some good speakers and sharing good information,” Mr Wylie said.
“We need to try to get the story across to people that they need to take their health under their control and not just wait for something to go wrong and head off to the doctors.”
With stalls, health tests, guest speakers, and interactive activities on offer, the Dalby Health Expo invited locals to come along and learn a lesson or two about health, wellbeing, and how to maintain both as best they can.
Mr Wylie said he was shocked to find that dementia and alzheimers were reportedly some of the leading killers in the population, and hoped the health expo would help educate people on their own bodies and minds.
“I think it’s important everywhere, but particularly Dalby,” he said.
“Like most places, it’s got an ageing population and has got a shortage of hospital beds, and a shortage of aged care beds … If we can help reduce and slow down the progression of dementia that’ll help a lot of people, a lot of families and a lot of heartache but also take some of the pressure off of aged care homes.”