Making healthy progress

February 3rd, 2011

The phrase “healthy body, healthy mind” was no doubt the inspiration for the University’s launch of HealthyU a year ago.

The health and wellbeing project – which has web pages, regular roadshows and a dedicated week – now has plans to build on the success of those 12 months.

Its second year will launch with a HealthyU week in March, focusing on mental and sexual health, food, fitness, drink and drugs and health services.

Activities and lectures are being organised and the sports department is to throw open its doors to staff and students.

Staff and students are also urged to send in a photo showing how they stay healthy — entries will be displayed on the university website and the winner will receive one year’s free University gym membership.

Health Promotion Advisor Denise Eaves said a lot of the services which now fall under HealthyU were already established, but the initiative has helped promote them.

She said: “HealthyU was set up to provide better health information to students. It has definitely made it easier to access information and allowed us to signpost the health services we offer. I’d now like to see it continue to expand, providing the information that students need to stay healthy while at university.

“Since its launch over 600 students have accessed sexual health screening, while we’ve been able to provide advice on sexual health, diet and nutrition, mental health, drugs and smoking during the
16 roadshows held in halls throughout the year.”

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