The Story of weExplore
Roadmap to launch weExplore: The idea for opening a weExplore Wellness Centre was firstly initiated in April 2018 as a result of a prayer and planning session. There was an apparent absence of support in the health system for people trying to make comprehensive lifestyle changes.
The journey so far: Since the establishment of weExplore, our calendar has been filled with exciting events. Like the monthly ‘Dinner with Doctor’, we come together to learn about health over a plant-based meal. The weekly Pilate class on Sunday morning provides us a time to stretch and to laugh. The quarterly mental fitness and emotional wellness workshops such as ‘Depression and Anxiety Recovery’ and ‘Beat the Winter Blues’, where we transform our health by going through a structured lifestyle change education in small peer groups supported by accredited facilitators.
Throughout this time, the project has been supported by grants and donations. Doctors and other health professional volunteer their precious time. An important turning point occurred when we see many in our community as well as university students drop by the centre and by expressing their needs for better wholistic health.
The road ahead: With the impact brought by COVID-19, our world and society experienced a paradigm shift, so had weExplore. Mental health and emotional wellness are paramount subjects at this time. We have been moving to online platform to provide support and care for our community. Running the ‘Beat the Lockdown Blues’ workshops, cooking together virtually, exercising in Zoom Pilate classes are a few projects that are taking place.
Our belief: No man is an island! Health is so much more than exercising and eating right. We are created to connect, to socialize, to love and be loved. Therefore, we are here to empower groups and individuals in our community to live a healthier and happier lives. Our body has the power to heal itself, given the right condition. Let’s strive together for better health.
Who are we? At the heart of weExplore, it is a volunteer-led not-for-profit organization composed of a group of health professionals and health advocates, from physicians, registered nurses, health educators, to lay people who are enthusiastic to promote better health. We are a ministry supported by Gateway Adventist Centre and other donors.
The NEWSTART@ principle was originated from the works of a 19th century health reformer - Mrs Ellen Gould White, and solidified by the Weimar Institute in California. It was designed to help people to prevent, treat and reverse chronic diseases through healthy lifestyle changes. The program is advocated by renounced doctors and scientists around the world, including physician and leading researcher of preventive medicine, Dr Dean Ornish, and Cornell University’s Dr T. Colin Campbell. People who live with these principles lived 7 to 11 years longer on average. This amazing result was documented in the National Geographic –Blue Zones ‘The Science of Living Longer’and the New York Time Bestseller ‘The Blue Zones’.
“NEWSTART@” is an acronym for its eight lifestyle principles:
- Nutrition –Experiences the benefits of a wholefood, plant-based diet
- Exercise –Promotes blood circulation
- Water –Purifies the body of toxins
- Sunlight –Strengthens bones and relieves depression
- Temperance –Applies a healthy approach to life
- Air –Activates body cells, improves physical function
- Rest –Repairs damaged cells
- Trust–Heals the body as a whole
"Vegetarian Dietary Patterns and Mortality In AHS2”, JAMA Intern Med 2013 Jul 8:17(13): 1230-1238
"National Geographic –Jan 2020, Special Issues – Blue Zones & Nov 2005”
"The Blue Zones – 9 Lessons For Living Longer from the people who’ve lived the longest” –Dan Buettner