Aberdeen Health and Wellbeing Festival 2020

Saturday 25 January 2020 09:00 - 15:00

Location: Sir Ian Wood Building, Garthdee Campus

Aberdeen Health and Wellbeing Festival 2020
Kick start your new year with a new you. Aberdeen’s first Health and Wellbeing Festival will bring you prominent speakers, inspirational workshops, information packed stalls and a marketplace. Come along!

On Saturday 25 January 2020 Robert Gordon University will play host to a day to inspire, motivate and educate! Listen to a Gladiator, learn mindfulness from a monk, be inspired by what our community already does to help people.  This free one day event promises prominent speakers, inspirational workshops, information packed stalls and a market place.

We are a not for profit organisation whose aim is to engage the local population into taking an active role in looking after their own health and wellbeing.  By bringing together renowned speakers, providing opportunities to try out different workshops and showcasing the excellent resources which are available in our local community we hope to allow you to see what Aberdeen has to offer and encourage you to kick start the new year with a new you.

Key speakers:

  • Dr Zoe Williams, ex Gladiator and resident doctor on This Morning, is our key speaker who will talk about the importance of remaining active
  • Dr Alex Johnstone from the Rowett Insitute, who is talking about busting diet myths
  • Louise McCullough, the last woman standing on SAS Who Dares Wins, who is talking about resilience. 


There will be workshops and demonstrations on pilates, plant based cooking, fermentation, laughter yoga, functional fitness, bootcamps, bootybarre, skin care, meditation, mindfulness, foundation training, sleep and yoga for kids.

We will also have a stall area where local charities and businesses can provide information about the  services they offer as well as having a small marketplace.

We hope that taking steps to be in control of your own health and wellbeing is an early intervention which can go some way to preventing the ongoing health issues which are an issue in our society.

Cost to attend: Free

Dr Zoe Williams MBBS, DRCOG, MRCGP is a Medical Doctor/GP, Media Personality, Fitness and Physical Activity Expert, Motivational Speaker and Ex-Gladiator.

​She currently practices as an NHS General Practitioner in London. Her specialist interests include preventative medicine, sports medicine and tackling chronic health through lifestyle measures such as healthy eating and physical activity. Dr Zoe is clinical lead of Public Health England’s GP clinical champion network and also leads on work to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyle with The Royal College of General Practitioners.

​Zoe is one of the resident Doctors on ITV’s This Morning. She also frequently features as a presenter/ expert on the BBC’s Horizon and Trust Me I’m a Doctor. She specializes in debunking the confusing world of medicine, in a fun and entertaining way. She was selected from thousands of athletes to be Amazon on Sky 1’s Gladiators. She was able to demonstrate her athleticism and strength and remains undefeated.

​Zoe has written for numerous publications on the topics of health, fitness and diet and has consulted for various nutrition and sports brands such as Justslim, Innocent (smoothie) and Maximuscle.

​She’s recently taken part in the Life Saving Wax campaign, spreading the awareness of Cervical Screenings and Estee Lauder’s Breast Cancer campaign in which she conducted a live breast check on Instagram. The campaign was widely covered by the media including the Daily Mail, Glamour and Stylist magazines.

Professor Alexandra Johnstone will talk about "Busting Diet Myths" based on her research at the Rowett Institute. She will explore the myths and realiites of obesity and weight loss and dietary approaches, with some time for audience discussion.

Alex leads a research team to assess eating as a form of behaviour at The Rowett Institute, part of the School of Medical Sciences, Dentistry and Nutrition.  She obtained her PhD in 2001 and has extensively published scientific papers on the role of appetitie across the life course.  Appetite is a major influence to what and when we eat and she has conducted diet trials in studies with children through to the elderly, to particularly assess the role of dietary protein on motivation to eat.

Her work means that she is sought after to work with the food industry.  For example, her science knowledge has been developed straight to the supermarket shelf with her development of the "Balanced for You" range of food for Marks and Spencer plc.  She is a key collaborator with EU colleagues and leads internationally competetive work through EU and UK Research Council grant awards.  As a UK registered Nutritionist, she enjoys working with local, national and international food industry sector colleagues, to develop evidence to support the relationship between diet and health.

Louise McCullough is a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon at NHS Grampian and Albyn hospital.  She is the first female to pass selection on Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins.

​Louise, originally from Northern Ireland, is a qualified orthopaedic surgeon who graduated from the University of Dundee in 2002. Through her career working in the North East of Scotland her specialist areas of interest include trauma, orthopaedic oncology and sports injuries. Her hobbies include running, boxing, weight training and staying fit and she volunteers as team doctor for Aberdeen Rugby and is part of the medical team at the Scottish Rugby Union.

​These interests led her to apply for the Channel 4 documentary SAS: Who Dares Wins. Over the eleven day period, Louise and twenty four other participants travelled to South America for gruelling physical and mental challenges and training typically used as part of army and special forces recruitment. The process included physical training, sleep and food deprivation, torture and interrogation, and more to identify recruits who would be capable of being an elite special forces solider. Louise demonstrated resilience and determination through this process to be the first ever female to pass selection on the Channel 4 show. 

​Louise will be talking about mental resilience and challenging yourself.  She will recount the challenges she faced and will share the tools and knowledge she deployed to achieve her monumental goal.

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