June Newsletter 2016

We give you an introductory offer for our StretchUp! classes this month

Did you attend our Strategic Planning Seminar on Wednesday night? Check out the corehealth news this month!

This month’s success story is about a true war hero, and a man with a lifetime of inspirational stories!

Feeling the winter blues already? Catch up on how to avoid the horrid cold and flu

Winter is coming…warm up with this Asian style Chicken Soup!


corehealth Monthly Special
corehealth Inspiration
corehealth News 
Regular Champions
Let’s Talk Health – The Cold and Flu Season
Recipe of the Month – Asian Chicken Soup

corehealth Monthly Special

Keep fit and warm this winter by stretching your body, if you’re doing a combination of GE and EP sessions, recieve 50% off your StretchUp! classes for the month of June- now on Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm

For newsletter subscribers only. Make sure to mention this edition of the newsletter to redeem your offer. Talk to staff for any additional information.

corehealth Inspiration

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

– Abraham Lincoln.

corehealth News


One of our clients Alieysha, and daughter of our much loved regulars Ean and Diane, had her debutante recently and doesn’t she look wonderful? Alieysha is currently doing a gym program at home created by us and has been doing a great job since then. We hope you had a great night and from everyone at the corehealth family, we are very proud of you! Congratulations Alieysha!

Strategic Planning lecture

On Wednesday 18th May, corehealth had the pleasure of hosting a seminar on Strategic Planning, given by one of our clients Tim O’Loughlin. Tim gave the group a ‘crash course’ of basic Strategic Planning, given the large scope and the wide application the term strategic planning can be applied to. Various topics were discussed including why large, well knows companies and industries had succeeded / failed and how Strategic Planning may have been useful throughout these cases. Tim also presented to the group the basic steps of Strategic Planning and how these steps can be applied to many aspects of life such as business, relationships and in a social setting.
Special applications and “teasers” were demonstrated to macro / micro management which we hope helped in your personal business, workplace or your next new venture.

The group who attended the seminar found the information very useful and interesting how the theories behind Strategic Planning can play such an important role in success / failure.

corehealth would like to thank Tim for taking the time to present the seminar to those who attended. If you have not had the chance attending these corehealth community seminars, please see this a s personal invitation to stay tuned and attend the next seminar during this wet cold yet entertaining winter…


The corehealth family recently went out and enjoyed a delicious and spicy Mexican meal at The Mexican Society! There was lots of food, laughs and tequila…well for those of us who didn’t have to work in the morning!

Yes Amir was here, he was the photographer of course!

Friends. No, not the ones on Facebook!

By Amir Sela

I lost TWO of those phenomenons in the last 18 months!!

Unfortunately the last one, I lost to cancer!

Closing a house door, leaving behind a cold skin and body of what was an amazing, sensitive, strong and supportive friend is a sensation I wish no one to experience.
I said goodbye to this friend so many times allowing, almost approving his lonely departure, just for me to battle again against that emptiness I lived once before.
I walked away with tears, marking the beginning of another trail that someone else dictated for me to walk. These are the times where suddenly, all around seems so large that I understand how influential and fulfilling a real friend presence is.
It is the knowledge they share / teach, the guidance through a life experience regardless if they are younger or older than I am. They are just different than I am and such they allowed me to soak them, adopt, change and execute a process of an amazing personal development.

I have had fun with them, laughing, sharing experiences, taking photos, reminiscing past incidents, stories and sadness. We shared eating meals and learning how we are different and how in our own way, we concord and influenced the small world around us, socially, professional and personally.
They often tried with large difficulties to support me and I of them in their difficult emotional journeys and in return, I was willing and happily did put myself in front of anything / anyone who might / wanted to inflict the slightest harm to them.
The more they influence us the harder saying good-bye is, and the longer it takes until we can breathe again. In the rare cases of true “rock anchored” friends, their memory does not fade away, it is just paces alongside us, and although we “get back on the living train” the void remains and never decreases.

I hope that this time, the past experience will help me dealing with it, maybe not in an easier way rather in a wiser way. I found that avoiding the memories, suppressing their existence, even if it is in an imagery way can be destructive. Alternatively, I chose to remember by the small things they used to do for me, with me, their smell. The things they liked me to cook for them, the way they cooked specific dishes or words they used to express different daily experiences that was unique only to them. This way I get small doses of them regularly, which helps me never to forget and cherish plenty of their best traits. I value the very few friends I have got. I do not need facebook to find them or call them friends of mine. They know it in their heart.

I Remember Every Day ….. 

Amir Sela May 2016 

corehealth Regular Champions

Success Story – Brian Dutch

Tell us a little bit about yourself Brian. Where are you from, your hobbies and what did you use to do?

I was born in Sydney in 1933 and started school during WWII. I went jackerooing on properties at Dubbo and Hay NSW. I then qualified as a Wool Classer and achieved a Private Pilots’ License in my spare time at Albury. I was later called up for National Service in the Army after which I joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1956 and qualified as a Pilot in the Fleet Arm, where I served for 26 years. In 1960, I had to eject successfully from a jet aircraft during a Night Fighter Course. Much of my service was on the Aircraft Carried HMAS Melbourne in jets, helicopters and also a Seaman Officer in other ships. My last posting was as a Naval Officer commanding South Australia. After my 80th birthday, Susan and I decided that we were finding out house and garden increasingly difficult to manage, so we eventually decided to move back to Adelaide into a retirement Village in July 2015.

How did you hear about corehealth and what were you seeking treatment for?

During this period of some 12 years I had total replacements of both hips, had a spinal laminectomy of three Lumbar Vertebrae due to Spinal Stenosis and then had heart problems necessitating two stents being fitted in my Heart. As part of the rehabilitation I was referred to a Pilates class in Queensland which I found helped me considerably. Following our move to Adelaide, I wanted to continue keeping up with my regime in Queensland and my GP in Adelaide referred me to attend Exercise Physiology sessions which I found was available at corehealth, and have not looked back since.

I hear that you enjoy singing and was part of a choir. How did that passion for singing come about and are you still part of a choir group?

 I grew up loving to sing. When we settled on the Sunshine Coast, I renewed my interest in music and joined several choirs, singing a variety of classical music. When we moved to Adelaide, I soon found another choir with which I sang until December 2015 and I am about to join “Sing Australia” at Magill. “Sing Australia” is an Australian wide choir for all comers irrespective of background. I find that the singing helps keep up my reading of music, exercises my brain and also helps my breathing and heart … but most of all it is very rewarding.

How are you finding your sessions here at corehealth and how has it helped you? 

I am certainly improving with balance and leg strength as I can even tackle the odd staircase without a walking stick. I do use the stick if I am not on level ground on step or stairs, as I cannot afford to have a fall. The sessions down here are more advanced than what I was doing in Queensland as at that time I was recovering from a second angiogram and we were taking things rather quietly, albeit with gradual improvement and confidence. I have found that my confidence has increased, my balance and basic muscle strength improved thanks to the careful assessment and exercise planning by Amir and the dedication, patience and encouragement of Celine. Needless to say, I will try to continue to keep up this exercise for as long as I am able to. My sincere thanks to corehealth for my core health!

What is your favourite part about your sessions here? 

I guess that the answer is that there is no particular part of the sessions which I particularly like or dislike as I feel that each exercise helps a muscle group and I am happy to pay in pain the next day!!

– Written by Celine Tan

Let’s Talk Health – Surviving with the Cold and Flu Season

The Cold and Flu season is upon us!

With the winter soon approaching (Starting next week! How quick is this year going?!) the odds of coming down with influenza or the common cold are increasing. This article will discuss how to determine if you have a common cold or the flu, as there is a difference, how long you are contagious for, remedies/prevention and a common myth we all hear.

Differences between a cold and the flu

There are slight differences between the common cold and flu. With a cold the symptoms can last up to two weeks and are often mild, whereas the flu is an actual upper respiratory condition, which can develop into a more serious condition such as pneumonia.

A cold can hit you at anytime during the year, however the flu is seasonal occurring from autumn through to spring with a higher chance of contraction in winter. A cold is often caused by coming into contact with someone who has the rhinovirus, which makes people sneeze or sniffle and is highly contagious. Whereas, the flu is seasonal and caused by the influenza A, B or C viruses, which vary from year to year. Hence, why there are different active strains of the flu vaccination each year.

Prevention/treatment for a cold or flu

First and foremost prevention is key to avoid contracting the cold or flu. Avoiding anyone who is sick and not sharing things such as utensils or personal items will be beneficial in protecting yourself. Furthermore, good hygiene is extremely important. Washing your hands with hot water and soap or even using an alcohol based hand sanitizer to get rid of any germs you may have picked up during the day.

If you are developing the symptoms of a cold or flu which are quite similar stay home and rest up as it is contagious during the first two to three days. Also, in regards to the common cold, antibiotics are not effective as it is a viral infection. Whereas, with the flu your doctor may prescribe antiviral drugs to assist. Therefore, over the counter medications can relieve the congestion, aches and other symptoms. Some believe in natural cold remedies such as zinc or vitamin C supplements however studies have not confirmed whether these remedies can prevent or reduce the symptoms or length of a cold

A cold is often caused by coming into contact with the rhinovirus which makes people sneeze and sniffle and is highly contagious. It is reported that there are 100 different viruses that can cause the common cold. Most of these thrive in low humidity environments which may be why they are more common in the cooler months.

Myth: Being in the cold weather will give you a cold/flu

Finally, there is the myth that you get a cold or flu if you are exposed to cold weather, which isn’t exactly true! It is the infectious nature of the virus and germs that make you sick, not the cold weather itself. You must come into contact with either the rhinovirus or influenza strain. However, the cold weather may contribute to the conditions that lead to illness.

The cold air will force you indoors to keep warm which is where the air is drier. This dry air may promote the germ-infected droplets from sneezing to survive and prosper. Meanwhile, good ventilation and high indoor relative humidity may reduce the contractibility of the flu. Furthermore, dry outdoor air during the winter allows the flu virus to survive and transmit. Also cooler temperatures result in a tougher coating of the flu virus making it easier to transmit, meaning the virus is potentially more active and resilient at this time.
It is also possible that the cooler air inhibits the ability of mucus and nasal hairs to work disease agents out of your nose. Also when you go inside in a poor ventilated room with people sniffling you are more likely to be exposed to germs. Hence as you are returning to university, school, work or day care centers during these cooler months the virus is in an ideal condition to contract from one host to another.

Also in regards to exercise it is especially important if you like to run or cycle outdoors to realise that cold weather can induce upper respiratory conditions such as exercise-induced asthma. It is a good idea to warm up gradually before your workout and plan the route to avoid any asthma inducing agents.






– Written by Matt Gray

Recipe of the Month

Winter Warmer – Asian Chicken Soup


1.2 kg chicken
8 French shallots, roughly chopped
2 stalks lemongrass, bruised
8 cm x 2 cm piece fresh ginger, sliced
6 garlic cloves
3 tsp ground turmeric
3 tsp ground coriander
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tomato, chopped
2 spring onions, roughly chopped, white and green parts separated
salt and pepper
250 ml (1 cup) coconut milk (optional)
150 g mung bean vermicelli (or rice vermicelli)

To serve

steamed rice
100 g beansprouts
2 tbsp deep fried shallots
2 limes, quartered
sambal oelek (chilli paste)


Step 1: Place the chicken in a large stock pot with half each of the shallots, lemongrass and ginger, and 2 garlic cloves. Cover with 3 litres cold water and bring to a simmer. Cook for 50 minutes, skimming the surface regularly. Turn off the heat and allow to cool in the stock for 20 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a large plate. Strain and reserve the stock, discarding the solids. When cool enough to handle, roughly shred the chicken and set aside.

Step 2: Place the remaining shallot, ginger and garlic in the bowl of a food processor along with the turmeric, coriander and 1 tablespoon oil, and process until a paste forms.

Step 3: Heat the remaining oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the paste and remaining lemongrass stalk and cook for 5-6 minutes until the paste looses its raw smell. Pour in the reserved chicken stock and bring to the boil. Add the tomato and white part of the spring onion, reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Add the chicken and coconut milk, if using, return to a simmer and cook for 3 minutes. Season to taste.

Step 4: Meanwhile, cook mung bean vermicelli in boiling water for 2 minutes, then drain. Rinse with cold water and drain again.

Step 5: Transfer the chicken soup to a serving dish and place in the centre of the table. Place all remaining ingredients in separate bowls on the table. To serve, add some rice to a bowl, top with vermicelli and bean sprouts. Ladle some chicken and soup over the rice and top with deep-fried shallots and the green part of the spring onion. Squeeze over lime juice and serve sambal oelek to the side.

– Suggested by Marissa Carter