Chris and Alana founded Health Associates due to their mutual love for movement and people. Central in their life is the fact that exercise is a cornerstone to their success and without it they would not be able to perform and function at optimal levels in all other areas.
Chris and Alana met through Can Too. A charity dedicated to raising funds for cancer research while coaching people for endurance events. Alana was drawn to Can Too as her mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Passing away at only 53. Working as a fitness instructor and completing her university degree at the time Alana channelled the grief and loss of her mother into starting the Macquarie University Can Too pod. Knowing that she could help others through fitness and cancer research gave her a healthy outlet to cope with an enormously sad time.
Little did she know she would meet the love of her life, Chris who was the Macquarie University Can Too running coach. Chris had been through a series of his own unfortunate events that led him to study Chiropractic and Macquarie University.
Chris understands firsthand how an injury can impact your life. Chris was destined for great things as a rugby player. He had played at the highest level for his junior sporting career. Representing Australia in the U19 and U20 teams. He travelled around the world, playing with and against some of the most talented players of our time. Unfortunately, Chris endured a life-threatening spinal injury that ended his career too soon and left him with a spinal fusion of his cervical spine. To this day he has limited range of motion is his neck and consequently endures significant pain associated with fusion.
Alana & Chris were drawn together by a passion to help people, to make a positive impact in the world combined with their love of health and fitness. These are now the cornerstones that lay the foundation to all that they do, all that they are and all they hope to be.