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Easter media bulletin

With Easter around the corner, University of Southern Queensland experts are available for comment on the below topics:

HOLIDAY DEPRESSION – WAYS TO GET OUT OF THE RABBIT HOLE

Easter is a time to celebrate family and create lifelong memories, but what about those who will be spending it alone? Throw in COVID-19 lockdowns and the uncertainty of scheduled holiday plans...

Clinical psychologist Associate Professor Gavin Beccaria says for those who dread being alone and feel anxiety creeping up each major festive season, there are ways they can protect their mental health and manage these challenges. Media contact: Griffith Thomas 0423 234 822 and Sarah Green 0417 799 331

FOOL ME ONCE – APRIL 1 ON HORIZON

If laughter is the best medicine, there’s no better day than April Fools’ – but how did the practical jokes day get its start?

• From its humble beginnings to the elaborate pranks of today, Associate Professor Marcus Harmes takes us on a walk through the history of April Fools’ Day and how the custom has changed over the decades. Media contact: Alexia Austin 0491 022 303 and Sarah Green 0417 799 331

 WHY BANNING EASTER EGGS IS A SWEET IDEA

Easter is almost upon us and many people are looking forward to indulging in chocolate eggs for the confectionary-fuelled holiday. But with concerns about the growing obesity epidemic both in Australia and around the world, is it time to ban the seasonal treat?

• Public health expert Dr Aletha Ward has done research into the commercial determinants of health. She says marketing chocolate to children is quite lucrative for retailers and chocolate companies, but can also be very harmful as giving children the opportunity to binge on chocolate can give them an unhealthy relationship with food into adulthood. Media contacts: Griffith Thomas 0423 234 822 and Sarah Green 0417 799 331

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University of Southern Queensland experts are available for comment as Easter approaches.