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Mindd Our Kids – The Wellness Challenge
August 21, 2015 @ 8:00 am - August 25, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
The Wellness Challenge is a virtuous cycle that will provide a supportive environment for leading practitioners to guide and educate mums on how to care for their sick children and for themselves while raising funds and awareness for Mindd Foundation.
Mindd Ambassadors, Patrons and practitioners will donate their time to train and educate mums and one another while raising funds for and awareness of effective Integrative Healthcare for our kids.
While this inaugural challenge is limited to a few, the aim is to workshop and develop a program that can educate and empower mums across Australia.
Mothers have the power to create health in their families – for their kids, for their partners and for themselves. The Wellness Challenge empowers mums to give the gift of optimum health, wellness and happiness to their families and community.
The Challenge will be held in a remote setting in Northern NSW for 4 days (Friday August 21-Tuesday August 25).
Millions of people globally are successfully raising money for charities by engaging their community in collaborative events that raise funds and awareness. Many of these events are quite challenging and for all but the elite athlete stress the body in ways that do not fit the Integrative Healthcare model.
The Mindd Our Kids Challenge (MOK) asks the community to support participants in a journey to wellness and disease prevention that nurtures their health while posing the greatest psycological challenge – changing lifestyle.
- Participants will be challenged to adopt an Integrative approach to heatlhcare and lifestyle by;
- taking 5 days out to care for themselves
- detoxing with fresh, unrefined, organic food that avoids sugar, caffeine, alcohol, gluten and dairy
- daily exercise
- daily spiritual practice (meditation, prayer, gratitude)
- daily energy work (yoga, xi-gong)
- daily creative expression (music, art, writing)
- daily connection with human beings who care and offer support
- connecting with nature
- daily instruction in cooking, nutrition, psychology, anatomy & physiology
All of the above will be created and lead by experienced chefs and health professionals.
As a non-profit Health Promotion Trust set up and run by a team of patients, medical doctors and health care professionals, MINDD promotes an integrated health approach and treatments. Our key campaign is fast-tracking effective treatments to children during key developmental stages.
Since 2005, Mindd Foundation has trained over 1500 practitioners with internationally recognized accreditation, run 6 international conferences, held over 60 seminars, promoted over 2000 healthy products and helped thousands of Australian children some of whom have recovered from Autism, ADHD, depression and much more.
The Mindd website, www.mindd.org has many hours of talks on Integrative Health approaches and offers ongoing support to practitioners and families with recipes, treatment information, access to practitioners. and healthy product promotions.
Background – The Problems
Modern diseases are at an all time high and are now affecting our children in large numbers
16-24 year old Australians have a mental illness prevalence of 25% with depression being the most common in females (1).
- More than 20% of Australian teens suffer from some mental health condition (2)
- 1% of Australian children have Autism (3)
- 10% of Australian children struggle with ADHD (4)
- Up to 70% of Australian children are low in iodine which lowers IQ (5)
- Allergies affect 1 in 3 Australian children, Asthma 1 in 4 (6)
- Childhood cancer, diabetes, obesity and depression have each more than doubled in two decades (7).
(1)(2) Australian Community Surveys, 2007 (3) Autism; Autism ACT, B. Buckley, A4. (4) ADHD & Mental Health; M. Sawyer, Australia & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 2001 (5) Are Australian Children Deficient in Iodine. C.Eastman et al, University Sydney, 2006 \(6) Allergies; B. Hill, Australian Society of Clinical Immunology & Allergy Annual Conference, Nov 2003. (7) Childhood Disease rise in Past 2 Decades; Dr R. Cosford, DAN! Conference 2009
But there is hope. Emerging research points to diet and lifestyle impacting on the 70 trillion plus cells in the human body as well as the 700 trillion plus cells that make up the “good bugs” in our digestive tract. By recognising that disease is not solely genetic, we can take charge of our health as well as the wellbeing of future generations.