"After seeing a segment about CHeBA on Channel 10's 'The Project' I was surprised to discover it is possible to reduce your risk of Alzheimer's and dementia by living an active, healthy lifestyle. Being a professional swimmer, I live a very active lifestyle, not only due to my rigorous training schedule but also because being active is what I like to do in my free time. I love the outdoors and being active with friends, not only for the physical benefits but also the social/mental benefits. I'm passionate about healthy eating but like most people I could easily cut some sugar out of my diet. I love my fruit and vegies and have my own vegetable garden. My favourite place to shop is at my local fresh fruit and vegie store. I love making fresh home cooked meals as I can control what goes into them, which is really important. I'm also a big believer in staying hydrated by water - not through sports drinks. Being a Psychology student, I've come to learn how devastating brain diseases like Alzheimer's and other dementias can be, not only for the patient but also their whole family. Just by changing some simple things in our lifestyle, we can dramtically reduce our individual risk and I think this is an important message to promote. Living an active lifestyle is a lot easier to do than most people think. Yes, it does take discipline but if it can add quality years to your life then there should be motivation right there. Being a Fitness Ambassador for CHeBA is a great opportunity for me to help raise funds and awareness for such an important research area and being healthy and active is something I love."
What does "Healthy Brains. Positive Ageing" mean to me?
It means being able to fully participate in everyday life, to be able to contribute to society and enjoy being healthy and happy whether you are 10 years old or 110 years old.
Kelly is a professional swimmer and has represented Australia more than 20 times at an international level. She is a Commonweatlh Games gold medalist and a multiple World Championship Medalist. From Melbourne, Kelly has a degree in Biological Science and is currently studying Psychology at Deakin in Melbourne. When she's not in the pool, you'll find her on the pool deck where she does some swim teaching and coaching or at University immersed in her psychology studies. We are very excited to welcome this elite athlete as a Fitness Ambassador for CHeBA!
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.