November Newsletter 2018


This month our regular champion is a kind hearted and always funny client of ours!

Have you ever wondered if your child should be strength training? Read our health article to find out!

This recipe is a delicious Summer dessert that you won’t regret, a Vegan Blueberry Cheesecake


corehealth Monthly Special
corehealth Inspiration
Regular Champions
corehealth Health
corehealth News
Recipe of the Month – Vegan Blueberry Cheesecake

corehealth Monthly Special

Christmas is just around the corner! Attend one extra session (a new service or current i.e an extra EP, GE class, one on one or stretchup class) throughout the month of November and receive a free pair of socks! 

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corehealth Inspiration

“Don’t be afraid to take a big step, you can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.”
– David Lloyd George

corehealth Regular Champions

Maria came to corehealth in 2015 after falling and fracturing her wrist. She went to the Royal Adelaide for an emergency operation and the orthopaedic surgeon suggested she come here for her rehabilitation and she hasn’t looked back since. Maria was born in Sicily, Italy but came to Australia before her third birthday so she doesn’t remember much of Italy. She has two boys, one living with her and the other married. She did clerical work until the children were born then she decided to change to cleaning at the Rydges Hotel as it was more flexible and now she has been there for 21 years in a variety of roles. After doing some overseas travel to destinations like Fiji and Kuala Lumpur she now enjoys experiencing what South Australia has to offer, particularly liking visiting Victor Harbour, Port Germain and Port Pirie.
Coming to corehealth Maria first saw Amir and then he put her onto Steph who helped to rehabilitate the wrist. Maria then learnt that she could improve other areas of her body that she had long accepted as being “lost causes”. She had osteoarthritis in her knees, left hip and general degeneration throughout the spine that was all affecting her walking. In addition she was getting lower back pain and sciatica if she overworked herself. Since then Maria has done one-on-one and class Pilates sessions to build her strength and mobility, which helped her recover well from her two knee replacements. The replacements in conjunction with her new-found strength and mobility have shown fantastic improvements in Maria’s walking and she now finds she can keep up with her friends when she walks with them three times a week. Additionally, in the last three months Maria has lost 5kg and she can work without getting her back pain. She also was unlucky to have a car accident at the end of last year but recovered well with our Physios working on her neck and back, and Pilates classes to keep her moving.

Maria’s favourite part of coming to corehealth is meeting other people and seeing that she is not the only one with problems with movement, it makes her feel like she’s not alone! In terms of least favourite parts Maria used to worry a lot about being introduced to new exercises but now she appreciates and enjoys the challenge. She is looking forward to her friend’s daughter’s wedding which she has a role in since she was like a daughter to her.

– Written By Steph Folley

Corehealth Health

Strongkids are Healthy Kids

Have you ever wondered if your child should be strength training?

An old wives tale and common fear parents have is that strength training will stunt a child’s growth. However recent research proves that strength training in fact does the complete opposite. Regular engagement in resistance training reduces a child’s risk of injury as well as improving bone growth and increasing muscle mass.

So what is strength training? Strength training is not body building, power lifting or weight lifting like we see in the Olympics. Strength training involves moving with resistance. We use a range of body weight, resistance bands, balance boards, cable pulley and free weights as resistance training with children of all ages and abilities.

ESSA (Exercise & Sports Science Australia) have established guidelines to ensure all children are reaching the right physical activity guild lines. Recent research shows that all children aged between 5-12 years of age need to engage in minimum of 1 hour per day of moderate to vigorous [physical activity everyday. As well as engage in muscle and bone strengthening activity, such as resistance training at least 3 days every week.

Resistance training has a range of benefits for children of any age and ability. Listed below are just a few of the key benefits. Resistance training should always be tailored towards your child in a supportive and safe environment.

  • Improved Muscle Strength
  • Improved Posture
  • Improved Muscle Endurance
  • Increased Exercise Tolerance
  • Improved Mental Health
  • Improved Balance
  • Improved Coordination and Motor skills
  • Increased Bone Density
  • Increased Independence and Confidence in Physical Abilities
  • Increased Engagement in Physical Activities, increasing Social Skills
  • Increased Self Esteem

As well as the numerous physical benefits strength training equips children with the knowledge and ability to continue to make healthy lifestyle choices for the rest of their life. Active and strong kids are healthy and happy kids, and this pattern continues throughout their life. Knowledge is power, so give your child the power in life to make the right choices.

If strength training for your kids is something that interests you, or you want any more information enquire about our strongkids program running over the school holidays. We also offer 1 on 1 strength training for kids of any age or ability, with a program tailored to their needs to allow them to be to strongest and healthiest they can be.

– Written by Lucy Fitzgerald


Recipe of the month

Vegan Blueberry Cheesecake 


  • 370g raw cashews, soaked overnight in cold water
  • 1 cup (250ml) coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 500g blueberries
  • Edible violet petals (optional), to serve

Coconut base

  • 3 cups (210g) shredded coconut, toasted
  • 1 cup (100g) almond meal
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) coconut oil, softened
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon


    1. Grease and line the base and sides of a 12cm x 27cm x 6cm-deep loaf pan with baking paper, leaving some overhanging.

    2. Place all the coconut base ingredients in a food processor and whiz to combine. Press into the base of the prepared pan, using the back of a spoon to smooth the surface. Chill until needed.

    3. Wipe out food processor and add the cashews. Whiz for 2-3 minutes until a smooth paste forms.

    4. Add coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla, and whiz until well combined. Add three-quarters of the blueberries and whiz until well combined.

    5. Pour mixture over the coconut base and smooth the surface, then press remaining berries into the top. Chill overnight.

    6. Remove slice from fridge and slice into bars. Press violet petals, if using, into the tops of the slices to serve.

    – Suggested by Marissa


corehealth News

Christmas party

Make sure you RSVP by the 28th of November for our corehealth Christmas Party! We have been practicing for our annual performance and we have very high hopes this year will be our best so you won’t want to miss out!

Stephanie’s Success

We are very proud of Steph who for the past two years has been studying part time for her masters, recently had her theory published in the International Journal of Obesity for the University of South Australia. If you would like to read the article its entirety, a hard copy will be available in the clinic otherwise we have attached a summary below:

A couple of months ago an article was published using the UK Biobank data where they scanned the whole of the genome for any genes that were associated with physical activity level. They were surprised to find that the Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) risk gene was associated with increased physical activity. Dementia or cognitive decline is almost always accompanied with the exact opposite. They supposed there may have been selection bias present, or lifestyle modification happening due to family history of AD. We were able to clarify their argument due to our hard-won familiarity of the difficulties with this data; we could show that a misreporting bias was the most likely contributor.

This is often overlooked because people are expected to misreport they PA in a random fashion – ie. Some will over-report and others will under-report but they average-out in a very large sample. This was not the case in the UK BioBank. We saw that all groupings that are classically associated with poor cognitive function systematically OVER-report their PA. More directly – the groups with the worst cognitive function over-reported the most. In this way we were able to inform the authors that the individuals with the AD risk gene are likely not truly doing more activity but they just think they are.’

In Memory of Rodney

Recently one of our much beloved clients Rodney White passed away suddenly. Most of our clients would have had the pleasure of having a morning chat with Rodney as he was such a kind soul open for a laugh and a chinwag with anyone at anytime. He had been with corehealth for many years and we all had the privilege of knowing him very well, experiencing his love for life, laughter and discussion of politics. He was never negative and was always down for anything, he always made us laugh with his inappropriate jokes and filled the room with his undeniably bright presence. Rodney influenced anyone and everyone around home. We miss him dearly.