A new year… and a new HealthyU


January 31st, 2012

After a seemingly endless diet of mince pies, chocolate, cheese and general overindulgence January seems to be the logical time to kick-start a new healthy lifestyle.
But finding the time to keep active and stay healthy while juggling work and a social life can sometimes be tough. HealthyU is here to advise on leading a healthy lifestyle, both in mind and body.
Just before the Christmas break, the University’s HealthyU campaign launched with exercise classes and two health fairs, motivating students and staff to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
The HealthyU fairs provided information on a range of health issues including diet, keeping active, mental health and stress, relationships and sex, alcohol, drugs and smoking, and domestic violence. The University has many services available to student and staff, and local and national organisations also manned stalls at the fairs.
Taster exercise classes were held at University Park and Sutton Bonington sports centres, ranging from aerobics and dodgeball to samba and zumba. The free (or very low-cost) classes were well-attended by students across the University, and demonstrated that exercise can be something that anyone can take part in, for fun — it doesn’t always have to be competitive.
Denise Eaves, health promotion adviser, said: “HealthyU is an ongoing University initiative aimed at improving and safeguarding the health and wellbeing of students.
“The success of this year’s HealthyU Week was down to the joint effort and contribution from University staff and external support agencies. By working together, students were able to access a wider range of health and wellbeing information, advice and activities.”
The HealthyU campaign will continue to run throughout 2012, with roadshows and workshops travelling across campuses throughout the year. Visit: http://tiny.cc/HealthyU to find out more.

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