"I wanted to be a Fitness Ambassador for CHeBA because I am really passionate about health and fitness. Physical and psychological health (i.e., dementia, depression) will be an issue for many of our ageing population and keeping fit through regular exercise is one simple and rewarding activity everyone can engage in to some extent, in order to help in both of these aspects of health. I would like to help motivate people to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and raise awareness of the benefits of fitness to healthy ageing."
What does “Healthy Brains. Positive Ageing” mean to me?
To me “Healthy Brains. Positive Ageing” means keeping active and embracing life. It means ageing gracefully and not letting your age define how you act and feel. I believe keeping fit enables you to maintain a positive outlook on life and maintains happiness into old age – and this allows a healthy brain.
Jess has a PhD in psychology from Macquarie University. She is currently a Research Officer at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre and is working on a study looking at the use of prescription opioids for chronic non-cancer pain. She has always enjoyed running; a passion she inherited from her dad who in his younger years ran marathons, but also completed a half marathon at 58 years of age. CHeBA is very excited to welcome Jess to the Fitness Ambassador team!
The CHeBA Champions are Fitness Ambassadors for the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing. These fitness professionals and enthusiasts in their 20s and 30s are championing healthy brain ageing through healthy lifestyles from a young age.