Category Archives: Being Healthy In The Hills

A page dedicated to health & wellbeing news, events and services in The Hills District and Surrounds


With so many classes to choose from over this spring/summer period, Pilates Studio 64 is a buzz with so many clients participating in pilates matwork, bootybarre, rhythm pilates and IndoRow.

Pilates Studio 64 is offering till the end of October for Hill’s Echo readers, a special New Client starter pack with 12 classes for just $167 (valid for 5 week from purchase date). You can try any of their speciality classes as an introduction group fitness.

They offer small group classes, attention to detail with personal corrections- you will always feel motivated and encouraged. Continue reading SPRING FITNESS WITH PS64!


Many of us find excuses when it comes to making appointments for our own health checks. How many times have you heard yourself say, “I just don’t have the time” or “I’ll do it next week”?
If there is one thing you should do for yourself in the month of October, it’s make an appointment to have a breastscreen. Continue reading MAKE OCTOBER YOUR MONTH TO HAVE A BREASTSCREEN

580+ activities make up Moreton Bay’s largest Older & Bolder program ever

Residents aged 50 and over in Moreton Bay will have 582 reasons to keep fit or try something new in 2017 when bookings open for Moreton Bay Regional Council’s largest ever Older and Bolder program.

Bookings have opened for the ever-popular fitness, sport and recreation program which offers free and low-cost activities for residents and ratepayers aged 50 and over.

Moreton Bay Regional Council Parks, Sport and Recreation spokesperson Councillor Darren Grimwade said with more activities than ever before, there would be something for everyone, including surfing, clay target shooting, darts and ballroom dancing. Continue reading 580+ activities make up Moreton Bay’s largest Older & Bolder program ever

School Holiday Skincare Workshops For Teens

Looking for the ideal way to entertain & educate your teenager these school holidays?

Secret Skin Studio in Ferny Grove are running School Holiday Workshops for Teenagers starting on the 18th September. The workshops will educate and provide tips for teens regarding skincare & beauty advice. Samples and individual advice will be provided in a relaxed and friendly environment. The workshops are one hour in duration and only cost $20per person. Limited spaces are available for these exclusive workshops (5 attendees per session) so book today to secure your spot! Easy On Line-Booking is available at Continue reading School Holiday Skincare Workshops For Teens

5 Simple Tips for Parents To Help Their Teens with Pimples

  • Start Good Habits Early – Reinforce the need to clean hands regularly especially before touching the face. Make a simple cleanser, bland cleanser and moisturiser available to wash their face in the pre-teen stage.
    • Get Some Professional Guidance – It is often more productive and cost effective to get some professional treatment and home care assistance. rather than grabbing random products from the supermarket or pharmacy. If you add up the price of all those random products you have tried, with no success – it is way more than the price of one single effective product from your aesthetician. Not to mention the wasted time and frustration involved.

Continue reading 5 Simple Tips for Parents To Help Their Teens with Pimples

Wendy Reaches 2000 Workouts!

Wendy with the full coaching team holding her 2000 t shirt

Congratulations to Wendy Vann who has just completed 2,000 workouts at Curves Mitchelton!

Wendy who is 77 years young, joined Curves in October 2006 and committed to making her health and fitness a priority. While she has had time off for cancer treatment and a knee replacement, Wendy has continued to recognise the importance of strength training, particularly as she has become a little older. With every workout, Wendy includes Strength Training, Cardio and Stretching. Continue reading Wendy Reaches 2000 Workouts!

Locals raising funds through World’s Greatest Shave – Lets Find a Cure

Local residents Melinda Barron, husband Ivan Barron and Raeleen Ford are going bald for a cause and they need your help.

They felt extremely blessed to have seven healthy children between them, However, their hearts ached because they can only imagine what other families must endure and this is what prompted them to do the challenge of World’s Greatest Shave to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Their first event was held at George Willmore Park, Ferny Hills on the 11th February. They had a great turnout with 40 people attending and raised $750 through an hour’s fitness training session held for attendees.

They have a goal of raising $5,000 and are now only $2,000 off reaching it.

The Shave will take place on Friday 17th March at The Arana Leagues Club (in the deck area) at 6pm. They are inviting everyone to come along and watch and donate. Staff at Arana Leagues Club are also getting on board to join in on the night to shave or colour their hair.

Head on down to the Arana Leagues Club for a great night out in aid of a fantastic cause or dontate online

Fabulous Physical Fun set to tackle Type 2 Diabetes Locally


Fabulous Physical Fun is taking part in the Federal Government’s Healthy Communities Initiative by providing the Lift for Life program to their community, with the aim of tackling chronic disease, especially type 2 diabetes. According to the Australian Diabetes Council, in Australia one person is diagnosed with diabetes every seven minutes. ‘With the incidence of type 2 diabetes on the increase at such a rapid rate, we want to offer a program to our community that would help prevent, manage or even reverse this condition as well as other chronic diseases,’ says Bonnie Cunial, personal trainer and studio owner of Fabulous Physical Fun.

‘Being part of this initiative allows us to offer the program at a low cost which makes it very affordable and accessible to a much broader range of our community.’

‘We are really excited to be introducing this new program to our community this month. It’s a great starting point for so many people.’

The benefits of strength training can be enjoyed by everybody regardless of their fitness level, body type and age. Lift for Life sessions are launching at Fabulous Physical Fun Studio.. The studio is at the Ferny Grove Shopping Village next to Coles. To get involved call Bonnie on 0413 600 502 or visit For more info, go to

Acupuncture and IVF – Improving the Odds


One of the changes occurring in our society is that women are having children later in life. IVF and other Assisted Reproductive Techniques are growing by up to 15% annually in Australia.

The Research Centre for Reproductive Health located at the University of Adelaide ahs been studying the use of Acupuncture in IVF. Professor Rob Norman and Doctor Caroline Smith have conducted a study using acupuncture during the IVF cycle. Professor Norman’s results correlate with those of other studies done around the world – an increase in the pregnancy rate of 50%.

Acupuncture and Herbal Medicines have been used for thousands of years in China and according to local Acupuncturist, Patricia McNab, many local women (and men) are opting for this interesting treatment. Patricia treats women and men of all ages for fertility problems – many of these patients are using IVF. “Acupuncture treats the whole body – not just the egg or the sperm, and this is part of the reason that such an interesting form of medicine is so useful in modern Australia” says Patricia. Treatments may include herbs or supplements if Patricia feels they are necessary and her skills as a Naturopath complement her 30 years of experience in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

If you would like to discuss your fertility problems – or any other health issues you may have, please contact Patricia at Ferny Hills Chiropractic for an appointment – Phone 3351 0933 or North Brisbane Chiropractic, Everton Park on 3354 0111


It’s not easy being sneezy – get Spring ready!


150513_sneeze_toutAllergies flare up in Spring due to the increase of pollens in the air. Your body reacts to this allergen by releasing a substance called histamine, which can cause persistent sneezing, a runny nose, and sore, watery eyes. There are a variety of products including antihistamine tablets (drowsy and non-drowsy), nasal sprays, and eye drops to help relieve your symptoms. Corticosteroid nasal sprays, such as Sensease, reduce the swelling and mucous in the nasal passageways and can help to treat and prevent allergic rhinitis symptoms.

There are many different strains of probiotics, which not only support a healthy digestive system, but also have particular actions in supporting health and wellness. Lactobacillus paracasei (LP-33TM) is a probiotic strain that has been scientifically studied in allergic rhinitis and shown to reduce the frequency and severity of allergy symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing and puffy, sore eyes.  It may assist with house-dust mite allergies as well as relieve hay fever symptoms and reduce allergic sensitivity, which is great for anyone feeling drained by a constant runny nose.

Foods high in the nutrients quercetin and vitamin C may help to reduce histamine production and inflammation, helping to reduce hay fever symptoms. Quercetin is a bioflavonoid found in apples, berries, beans and onions; whilst vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits, tomatoes, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and sweet potato. Try taking a supplement from the pharmacy for extra vitamin C combined with immune-supporting zinc.

So before your next sneezing fit starts, why not pop in and speak to one of the friendly and knowledgeable Pharmacists at Patricks Road Pharmacy in the Ferny Fair Shopping Centre to tailor a personalised allergy action plan to get you through the next few months.

iMove, uMove, we Move in Moreton Bay

Moreton Bay Regional Council has launched its new and improved health and fitness directory for the Moreton Bay Region, packed with more than 250 different activities to help keep local families active, healthy and connected with their community.

The iMove directory replaces the Healthy and Active Moreton Guide and provides all the information you need to access the sport, fitness and recreation activities, facilities and outdoor recreation spaces in the Moreton Bay Region.

Council’s Parks, Recreation and Sport Spokesperson, Councillor Darren Grimwade said the Moreton Bay Region had everything residents might need to live an active and healthy lifestyle.

Use the iMove directory to find out what’s available to you in your local area and kick-start your new fitness habit by trying a new sport or active pursuit. There’s so much to choose from. Activities on offer in the iMove directory include gymnastics and junior soccer, self-defence and group fitness for families, dance and Olympic sports for people with a disability. There’s also stand up paddle boarding, boxing, tai chi, Pilates, Heartmoves activities and walking groups for seniors.

If you prefer more tranquil outdoor pursuits, use the directory to select one of the region’s many hiking and cycling trails, guided walks, swimming holes, beaches, or other nature spaces that provide the perfect environments for a long and diverse list of outdoor activities.

With so much on offer across the Moreton Bay Region, now is the time to Get Moving!

Pick up a copy of iMove from your local Moreton Bay Regional Council Library or customer service centre, or visit for the online directory.