Lucy has a Masters in Public Health through the University of Technology Sydney’s inaugural Public Health Program with a strong focus on youth mental and physical health and how the experiences of youth lay foundations for lifestyle behaviours and choices later in life. With the inordinate rise of non-communicable diseases which have clear correlation to lifestyle choices, this is an area Lucy feels we can bring great change to, simply by understanding why we do what we do and why we choose what we choose. Her primary focus is education and prevention through workshops and programs both in person and via digital mediums. She is currently expanding her Masters foundation into a PhD at Western Sydney University, considering the way parents speak with adolescents around weight, shape and eating and the potential associations with disordered eating in adolescence. Although the research is not yet complete, preliminary findings are being discussed through conferences, school presentations and parent community groups.
Much of the research gleaned through her study, life experiences and interviews also translates into activity through events that raise awareness of health issues and the importance of connected communities. These are done through community events such as the International Women’s Day Festival (IWD) and which started out as a one day celebration and finished 3 years later as a whole week festival of events around the area; the International Men's Day (IMD) which grew year on year and was a bringing together of old and young in a push kart day extravaganza! The IMD event raised funds for the StreetWork mentoring program. In 2018 the work Lucy has done with supporting awareness around Women's Health and wellbeing expanded to include Wellbeing for Women, an initiative to host monthly wellbeing groups with other local community women who are fundamental to the International Women's Day Festival each year.
She has been involved in a voluntary capacity with many community projects and initiatives such as Hornsby Connect, PCYC and Ku-ring-gai council youth events and has served on committees and boards.
Lucy offers parenting programs, young women's groups, youth groups and talks at schools and community groups offering practical and applicable insights into how we can be and live the change we want to see in our lives.
Lucy also volunteers through the Rotary Club of Wahroonga, and is Chair of the Community group. The focus for the committee across 2019 and 2020 is 'Connected Communities' with planning for a large fundraising community event in 2020 underway! Watch this space!!
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