Have a feel-good session out in Sydney

Sydney’s iconic Opera Bar is partnering with wellness director and footy star Dan Conn and clinical nutritionist, Ellice Whichello in September to help raise awareness for suicide prevention charity R U OK?.

On Saturday 15 September, Opera Bar will host two, feel-good mind and body wellness sessions to promote the importance of starting every day the right way, with physical activity and nutrition.

The 60 minute sessions will run from 8:00am or 9:30am on Saturday morning and will kick-off with a 45 minute training session led by Dan Conn, former rugby league footballer, Elite Functional trainer and Wellness Director at Collective Wellness Group. 

Dan’s session will centralise around body weight interval training that will spike the heart rate and leave individual’s feeling regenerated and ready to take on the day physically and mentally.

Following the training session, Ellice Whichello, clinical nutritionist, marketing guru and trained boxer, will offer 15 minutes of wellness and nutritional advice. Ellice, who has experience with Eating Disorders Australia and Allergies Australia supports wellness in all aspects of feeling ‘happy’ and will guide participants through how eating a balanced macronutrient intake is the key to feeling well.

These sessions aim to create awareness of R U OK?’s mission to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.

“Mental health is the most important part of my everyday happiness,” says Conn. “Not everyday is a good day so it’s crucial to look to your friends and family to check in and find support when you need it. Lifting the stigma and starting meaningful conversations whenever it’s needed could save a life. Everyday is R U OK? Day”. 

Whichello agrees, saying: “Feeling mentally fit is different for everyone. Wellness has for a long time been misrepresented. It is the balance of feeling mentally well, physically strong and nourished in the mind and body that results in positive outcomes. We are all human and together not being ‘ok’ everyday, is ok!”

All attendees will receive complimentary breakfast bowls (chia, summer berries, passionfruit and coconut), coffee and cold pressed juice after the session. Guests will also have the option to purchase breakfast from Opera Bar’s weekend breakfast menu, including dishes such as smoked salmon with poached eggs, avocado and buttermilk dressing or porridge with pear, hazelnut and salted caramel.