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The Wellbeing and Engagement Group organises events, activities and promotions all year round, based upon specific monthly themes.  These news pages include:

  • 'Hot off the press!' which is up to date news and information on health and wellbeing events/ activities organised by the group;
  • 'Your Well Now' which includes your news, activities, outcomes, social activities/events and fundraising; and
  • Archives for the current years news.

'Your Well Now!' - submit information and news on your events/activities to: wellgrp@st-andrews.ac.uk

 

September - Sedentary Working

Office workers are being urged to exercise to avoid conditions like heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.

  • Office with 'pods'After 90 minutes of sitting your metabolism slows down dramatically.
  • Those who sit 8+ hours a day double their risk of contracting heart disease compared to those sitting less than 4.
  • Prolonged sitting raises risks of fatal heart problems by 64%.
  • Even if you're fit and active, if you are sitting more than 8 hours a day you are still at risk!

‌There has been a lot of focus on sedentary working (AKA the 'sitting disease') in recent years:

Resources

For additional resources please visit September in the Wellbeing Calendar page.

Stretches & exercises for the office


Go St Andrews Testimonials

Transition University of St Andrews - logoLike walking, cycling, driving an e-car, bus/train, car-share - then Transition University of St Andrews would like to hear from you with any adventures you would to share. 

Share your stories of local sustainable modes of transport to help inspire others to use it.  If you have an adventure to tell and are happy for it to be shared online, email: lf47@st-andrews.ac.uk.


St Andrews Skillshare Community

Learn simple new skills such as dry stone walling, breadmaking, knitting, knife making, pallet furniture/hut making, cheese making, laptop maintenance, languages, pruning/gardening and lots more.  Want to share your skills with others, or have questions, contact: tt39@st-andrews.ac.uk

To view the skills on offer and keep up to date with any news, please visit the St Andrews Skillshare Community on Facebook.


'Get up and grow!

Date: 22/08/17

Regular contact with plants and the natural environment can improve our physical health and mental wellbeing.  ‌Enjoy a dose of the outdoors in the University's community garden which is a great way to meet people, grow your own fresh produce and learn about gardening.

Activities include:

  • weeding
  • planting
  • hoeing
  • laying chips
  • and much more.

Whether you're a newbie or a gardening enthusiast, we welcome you to trade your phone for birdsongs and your desk for a wheelbarrow.

For more information and to register an interest, please contact: cgk@st-andrews.ac.uk


Racket Sports Class

Date: Running every Monday@ 12.00 to 14.00 until 28/08/17
Venue: Sports Arena, University Sports Centre
Price: £3 per session (FREE for Fitness and Members)

Tailored classes including short tennis, table tenis and badminton, drop in whenever suits between 12.00 and 14.00.  For more information please contact the Sports Centre: 01334 462190 or sport@st-andrews.ac.uk.


Golf Day & opportunity to win a Mini!

Date: Thursday 31st August 2017
Venue: Dalmahoy Golf & Country Club

Play a memorable round of golf with colleagues and clients and help raise funds for Age Scotland's vital work in tackling loneliness and isolation; and running Scotland's Helpline for older people.

The Stapleford event, with breakfast and a 3 course high tea, includes mini-competitions and the chance to bid for money-can't-buy experiences.  You'll also have an opportunity to win a Mini, generously donated by Eastern BMW, as a prize for a hole in one.

For further information and to book your team (of 4), please visit: http://www.ageuk.org.uk/scotland/get-involved/fundraise-for-us/fundraise/age-scotland-golf-day/


Bike to Work Breakfast

Bicycle with breakfast plates as wheelsDate: 16th August 2017
Time: 08.00 to 09.00
Venue: Mansefield Building (opposite Students' Union)

Cycle to work on 16th August and get a free breakfast to sit-down or takeaway!  Network with colleagues whilst enjoying your breakfast.


Essential Cycling Course - Cycle with confidence

‌This FREE course (usually charged at £20) aims to give those new, or returning, to the the saddle the neccesary skills to negotiate on-road journeys and includes bike handling skills, confidence on-road and road side repair knowledge.

Meet at Agnes Blackadder Hall @11.30 on:

  • 17 August

For more information, please email: transition@st-andrews.ac.uk


Lunchtime Garden Sessions - Edible Campus (July)

Time: 12.30 to 13.30

The following is the schedule for the gardens:

  • 6th July - Computer Science
  • 13th July - John Burnett garden
  • 20th July - Careers Centre
  • 27th July - Albany Park

Bring your own lunch and join the group for a bit of gardening, harvesting and a social.  Transition will tell you about the plants grown and what you can harvest on campus, plus what meals you can make from a forage. 

For more information please visit the Transition website or Edible Campus Facebook.


Step Count Challenge 2017 - update

The 2017 Step Count Challenge ended on 25 June after 8 weeks of dedicated walking. New records were set this year. 78 University teams took part (390 staff), which is a huge increase on the 33 teams in 2016, and 9 teams in 2015. Between them they walked more than 300 million steps, equivalent to around 142,000 miles. 57 of our 78 teams were in the top half of the national league table, 18 were in the top 100 and two teams finished in the top 10, out of the 968 teams taking part.

Last year we aimed to achieve the highest level of participation in the Scottish Education sector and we have succeeded. Additionally, we have the second highest level of participation out of all employers in Scotland. Next year we want Step Count Challenge to be even bigger and even better. Our target is to sponsor 100 teams.


July is healthy sleep month

In keeping with the theme for July, we are running the following event:

Successful sleep

Date: 26/07/17
Time: 15.00 to 16.30

A good night's sleep is a key ingredient of wellbeing.  This session will explore some up to date research on the implications of poor sleep, and offer some tips on how to improve the quality of your sleep.

‌Aims and objectives

  • understand what some of the issues are relating to poor sleep

  • be aware of some recent research on the topic

  • discuss experiences with participants

  • identify some techniques which you can try to improve the quality of your sleep

Please book your place via the University's online booking system: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/?CourseID=7397


Your Step Count Challenge Experience

We want your photos and any unique walking stories to help keep up the momentum and begin the second half of the challenge strong.

Share the fun and send us your photos and stories to: wellgrp@st-andrews.ac.uk. Happy Stepping!



10k sponsored walk for Marie Curie

‌On Saturday 3 June 75 staff, students, friends, family and pets took part in the 10K sponsored Marie Curie walkpng - daffy and writingThe route started from St Salvator's Quad and did a tour of St Andrews, including the West Sands, the Old Course, the Cathedral, the harbour, the East Sands and Lade Braes. ‌Beautiful sunshine was enjoyed on the walk which ended minutes before a heavy haar swept in, adding great drama to the triumph of finishing the 10K.  A total of £581.01 was raised.

To find out more and to see the photos of the group, please visit the Marie Curie 10k sponsored walk page.


Wear It. Beat It. 2017

Wear It Beat It logo.

‌University staff supported the British Heart Foundation's "Wear It. Beat It." campaign by wearing something red on the 9th June. Photos of colleagues wearing red and events were emailed to us. For every participant CAPOD has donated £1 to the charity. With everyone's help £114 was raised for the charity.

To find out more and to see the photos of university colleagues taking part, please visit the Wear It Beat It 2017 page.


Albany Park Garden session

Join the Garden team every Thursday from 12.00 to 14.00 as we prepare the site for growing fruit and vegetables throughout the year.  ‌There are many things to do from weeding, digging, pruning, mulching, planting, sowing and of course harvesting.  Or perhaps you just want to come along to get away from work and enjoy the outdoors in a relaxing and fun setting.


The University Community Garden session

Everyone is welcome to the University Community Garden.  We meet every Wednesday from 14.00 to 16.00 during term time (16.00 to 18.00 in Summer).  ‌We will be preparing the 16 beds for the growing season when we begin sowing and planting.  There is also a Forest Garden to look after with a number of fruit bushes, a bottle greenhouse and a pond.  Why not come along to learn new skills, meet new people and of course harvest your own locally grown vegetables!


Greenhouse Growing

Enjoy a relaxing and productive lunch break away from the desk.  seeds are sown, brought up, pricked out and transplanted in the greenhouse until they are ready to go outside.  ‌Learn proper propagation techniques in the greenhouse every Wednesday from 12.oo to 14.00.  when all the young plants move out, we use the greenhouse to grow tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines and chillies.  We are located at the back of the St Andrews Botanic Garden.


De-Stresstival

Date: Tues 27th June 2017

A day dedicated to de-stressing, book yourself on some of the activities organised by the Wellbeing and Engagement Group.  The following is a list of the activities available as part of the day:

  • Tai Chi  08.00 - 08.45
    Experience the eight active ingredients of Tai Chi.

  • Yoga for beginners 11.00 - 11.45, 14.00 - 14.45
    Using simple yoga techniques you will experience how easy it is to keep yourself centred in the midst of your busy life.

  • Meditation 12.00 - 13.00
    During the session you will explore and practice different relaxation techniques for both your mind and body which are helpful during times of stress -- find what works for you, and incorporate it into your daily life.

  • Nordic Walk 16.45 - 18.00
    Nordic Walking originates from Nordic skiing and is a fun way to have a walking workout and build up your fitness levels. This is a 45 minute session to learn the basic Nordic Walking skills and have the opportunity to put these into practise.

  • Labyrinth Walk 17.30 - 19.00
    When you walk a labyrinth you can come out feeling  a variety of ways: calmer, happier, energised, bursting with ideas, it varies with each experience.  The beauty is, they are very easy to use, and in this session we will learn how to engage with them back in our daily lives.

  • Walk and Talk 12.30 - 13.00
    Join the WWOW group for a brisk walk along the East Sands Loop.


How red can you go?

Help support the British Heart Foundation's 'Wear It, Beat It' campaign by wearing red to work on 9th June 2017 and/or by organising fundraising activities.

Send us a photo of you wearing even a hint of red and we will make a donation to the British Heart Foundation.  Send us a photo of your event and we will post it on the University Wellbeing page.  Email your photos to: wellgrp@st-andrews.ac.uk

More information and fund-raising ideas at: https://wearitbeatit.bhf.org.uk

'Weat It, Beat It' 2017 campaign poster (PDF, 317 KB)



Marie Curie 10K sponsored walk

Date: 3rd June 2017
Time: 10.00

‌‌Get some great physical exercise and help to raise money for Marie Curie. 

png - daffy and writingEnjoy a walking tour of St Andrews, including the West Sands, the Old Course, the Cathedral, the harbour, the East Sands and the Lade Braes.  The walk will take approximately 3 hours at a comfortable walking speed.  Last year more than 40 staff, students, friends, family (and 1 dog) took part in the walk, this year our target is 100!

It’s also an ideal opportunity to add to your steps for the Step Count Challenge (if you’re taking part).  The Wellbeing and Engagement Group will make a contribution for every km walked, you can also organise your own sponsorship to help increase funds raised.

10k Walk for Marie Curie flyer (PDF, 187 KB)

10k Walker Agreement (PDF, 243 KB)

Marie Curie sponsorship form (PDF, 1,000 KB)

To register your place on the 10k sponsored walk, please complete the online registration

If you have any questions, please contact: wellgrp@st-andrews.ac.uk.


Grow your own food

Weekly garden sessions run regularily throughout the week in our network of 14 community gardens.  Visit the Edible Campus for details of the sessions.


Netball taster sessions

Date(s): 31st May 2017
Time: 17.30 to 18.30
Venue: Sports Centre Arena Hall

Regardless of experience, when you last played or how fit you are - come along and have a go.  Sessions consist of: warm up, skills, matches and cool down. 

For further information please use the University's online booking system (31st May)


Cancer Awareness Talk/ University Pathology Lab Tour

Date: 28th April 2017
Time: 13.00 to 14.00
Presenter: Dr Paul Reynolds (School of Medicine) ‌‌

We are fortunate enough to have made arrangements for a fascinating and informative talk on cancer research, with Dr Paul Reynolds (School of Medicine), which will include a number of facts and figures that are quite surprising. ‌This will be followed by a tour of the University Systems Pathology labs.

Since 1 in 2 of us will get some form of cancer during our lifetime, the cancer awareness campaign is a reminder that we can all reduce our risk by making healthy lifestyle choices. Dr Reynolds describes some of the facts and figures about cancer and also describes the process of conducting clinical trials, and how new medicines become available treatments for patients.


Have your say! University Staff Survey

‌For every completed survey the University donated £1 to Dementia Friendly St Andrews.

Responses were anonymous to ensure staff feel able to give genuine feedback - good and bad.  There was also an opportunity to enter a Prize Draw where you could win a £40 retail voucher - this did not affect your anonyminity.

The survey ran from 27 March 2017 until 21 April 2017. The survey is now closed. 

For more details: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/staff/survey


Vintage Fashion Show

Date: 24/04/17
Time: 18.30 to 20.30
Venue: Holy Trinity Church

‌Organised for Dementia Friendly St Andrews.  Models and clothes wanted! - dig out your grandmother's opera dress, your great uncle's military jacket or your mums psychedelic 70s disco dancing outfit or other clothes with a story. 

Get in touch: wardrobestoriesstandrews@gmail.com.


Step Count Challenge 2017 - Registration

Applications for team sponsorship are available on our Step Count Challenge webpage until 13th April 2017.


WOWW Edible Campus Walk

Image of apple on tree.Date: Thu 20th April 2017

Meet at 12.30 in the Careers Centre garden for this new walking route which includes John Burnett, Computer Science and University Hall.


Spring Triathalon (Swim 750m, Bike 23km, Run 5km)

Date: Sun 23rd April 2017
Starts: 08.00
Venue: East Sands Leisure Centre, St Andrews

Athletes 17 years and over are welcome to join in the Triathalon.  Price: £40 (£30 - members of BTF/TriScotland).

To Sign Up: http://www.entrycentral.com/event/106207


Saints Sport 5K Run

Open to students, staff and community, 5k timed run around University Park every Wednesday (12.30, outside University Sports Centre Reception).  Book your place anytime  either at the Sports Centre Reception or online: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/sport/bookings/

For further information, please contact: Saints Sport (cls25@st-andrews.ac.uk) or CAPOD (gr25@st-andrews.ac.uk).


Marie Curie 10K sponsored walk

Date: 3rd June 2017
Time: 10.00

‌‌Get some great physical exercise and help to raise money for Marie Curie. 

png - daffy and writingEnjoy a walking tour of St Andrews, including the West Sands, the Old Course, the Cathedral, the harbour, the East Sands and the Lade Braes.  The walk will take approximately 3 hours at a comfortable walking speed.  Last year more than 40 staff, students, friends, family (and 1 dog) took part in the walk, this year our target is 100!

It’s also an ideal opportunity to prepare for the Step Count Challenge (if you’re taking part).  The Wellbeing and Engagement Group will make a contribution for every km walked, you can also organise your own sponsorship to help increase funds raised.

10k Walk for Marie Curie flyer (PDF, 187 KB)

10k Walker Agreement (PDF, 243 KB)

Marie Curie sponsorship form (PDF, 1,000 KB)

To register your place on the 10k sponsored walk, please complete the online registration.


Bike to Work Breakfast

Bicycle with breakfast plates as wheelsDate: 12th April 2017
Time: 08.00 to 09.00
Venue: Mansefield Building (opposite Students' Union)

Cycle to work on 12th March and get a free breakfast to sit-down or takeaway!  Network with colleagues whilst enjoying your breakfast.


Bike to Work Breakfast

Bicycle with breakfast plates as wheelsDate: 29th March 2017
Time: 08.00 to 09.00
Venue: Mansefield Building (opposite Students' Union)

Cycle to work on 29th March and get a free breakfast to sit-down or takeaway!  Network with colleagues whilst enjoying your breakfast.


Dementia, law and workplace good practice workshop

Date: 17th March  2017
Time: 13.00 to 16.00
Venue: Seminar Room 3 (St Andrews Community Hospital)

Learn about what dementia is, it's early signs/symptoms, an employer's legal obligations, ways of support to continue in employment if you have dementia/are a carer, sources of support for employers and employees with regard to dementia.

For more information and booking, please contact: Health Promotion Workplace Team, E: HWLfife@nhs.net - T: 01592 226888


Edible campus WWOW walk

Image of apple on tree.Celebrate the begining of spring with an Edible Campus WWOW walk and discover some of the edible spaces within central St Andrews.  Meet at Gannochy Quad on Tuesday 21st March (12.30 to 13.00).

 


Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge‌

The aim of the Challenge is to get as many people as possible commuting to work:

  • on foot,
  • by bike,
  • by public transport or
  • car-sharing. ‌

You can also log a 'work at home' day if it means you don't have to travel to the office on your own by car and you can also log virtual meetings (you'll need to tell us how far you would have travelled and which travel mode you would have used). It's great fun and there are also a wide range of prizes on offer for individuals and groups.


banana image and writingPerhaps most importantly, cycling and walking are great ways of incorporating physical exercise into your day and using public transport, lift-sharing, home-working and video-conferencing are great ways to help reduce congestion and all can save you money. This helps you look good, feel good, and do your bit for the environment too!

Sign up and help your department compete and win prizes: https://scotland.getmeactive.org.uk


University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day

Theme: Active mental health and the importance of exercise.
Date: 02/03/17

Green people circle.A special WWOW walk and talk has been organised for the day, the walk will be around the East Sands!  Stay active and get to know other members of the University.  Join us on Thursday 2nd March at 1pm - for further details please send an email to: wellgrp@st-andrews.ac.uk with the subject line "walk and talk".


100th member, Wee Walk Once a Week (WWOW)

WWOW was delighted to welcome its 100th member – Principal, Professor Sally Mapstone. Professor Mapstone joined staff and students to walk the East Sands Loop, a 30-minute walk starting at the Cathedral and taking in the harbour and the East Sands.

Group picture of WWOW walk.Professor Mapstone commented on the initiative: “I am a great believer in ‘mens sana in corpore sano’, a healthy mind in a healthy body. I find walking really good both for clearing the mind and for encouraging reflection, and the benefits are even better when the walk takes place in the beautiful surroundings of St Andrews. Walking in the excellent company of our staff and our students has been an added bonus. I really commend this project and would encourage all St Andreans to join in when they can.

WWOW aims to provide a community activity not connected to people’s jobs or study, and to encourage all staff and students to be more physically active during the working day. The scheme also offers the opportunity to become a trained ‘walk leader’. Join the group via WWOW’s webpage.


No Smoking Day

Date: 08/03/17

Smoking is the single biggest killer of people in the UK, with over 4,000 chemicals in one cigarette, including rat poison, toilet cleaner and nail varnish remover. Stopping smoking is the best things you can do to improve your health. After:‌

  • 20mins - blood pressure and pulse return to normal;
  • 24 hours - Carbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body and lungs;
  • 48 hours - No nicotine left in the body. The ability to taste and smell improves;
  • 3-9 months - Coughing and wheezing decline;
  • Other benefits and coping with withdrawal symptoms. (PDF, 173 KB)

Resources

The following are additional resources available:

Quit smoking workbook (PDF, 1,275 KB)

10 minutes to change your life - time to quit (PDF, 383 KB)

The benefits of stopping smoking (PDF, 173 KB)

What makes smoking so dangerous (PDF, 314 KB)


Bike to Work BreakfastBicycle with breakfast plates as wheels

‌Date: 20th February 2017
Time: 08.00 to 09.00
Venue: Mansfield Building (opposite Students' Union)

A specialist from the St Andrews Bike Pool will be on hand for advice and help with bike maintenance and quick repairs.


Strictly DDMIX dance

Dates: 20th Feb, 27th Feb, 6th March and 13th March (4 block session)
Time: 17.30 to 18.30

‌The aim of DDMIX is to get people moving without being intimidated by the word 'dance' or the technicality of the steps, but instead to give a full body workout that is such fun that you don't even notice that you are exercising. words of different dance imageWith the vast number of dance styles around the world to choose from, no one will ever get bored!

To book your place on this block of Dance sessions, please book via the online booking system (PDMS): https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/?CourseID=7072


Fresh produce giveaway!

With generous support from Andersons and Kettle Produce, we are giving away fresh fruit and veg to help you towards your '5-a-day' - absolutely free!  ‌

Register your name to enter our draw for a chance to receive 2kg of fresh fruit and veg - by Friday 17th February 2017Email: wellgrp@st-andrews.ac.uk


Fairtrade chocolate giveaway

Enter our draw (by Friday 17th February 2017) for a free 100g bar of Divine 70% Dark Chocolate!  Email: wellgrp@st-andrews.ac.uk

heart and yourself on black background

‌Did you know ...
A 100g bar of dark chocolate with 70% cocoa contains:

  • 11g of fibre
  • 67% of the RDA for Iron
  • 58% of the RDA for Magnesium
  • 89% of the RDA for Copper
  • 98% of the RDA for Maganese

and plenty of Potassium, Phosphorus, Zinc and Selenium.


Saints Fitness for staff

Staff membership is available along with a range of services to help you improve your fitness Blue textand reach your goal.

‌‌Fitness Services - include Personal Trainer; Strength & Conditioning; Fitness Consultation and Personal Exercise Plans.

Fitness exercise classes (different levels) - include Chi-gong; Zumba; Circuits; Boxfit; Yoga, Pilates and more.


Jump into January+

Date: 24/01/17
Time: 12.30 to 13.30

‌A one stop workshop to give you the impetus you need to get healthy and fit, start 2017 by improving your approach to physical activity and nutrition.   HealthFollowing on from the workshop, you have the opportunity to book a personal fitness consultation, sign up for a 6 week get fit programme, occupational health assessment or work with a workplace coach to help your changes stick. 

New for 2017 – participants will be supported throughout the programme by weekly group interactions with a personal trainer.  There will also be a fun team element to the programme.  All will be revealed at the launch workshop.

To book your place, please visit PDMS: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/index.php?Mode=Search&AudienceID=6&CourseID=7023 - further details on the programme can also be found in this description.

Wellbeing & Engagement Group
E: wellgrp@st-andrews.ac.uk

Every month the group organises activities, events and promotions around different health and wellbeing themes.

Sign up to the Well Now! newsletter email: wellgrp@st-andrews.ac.uk

Related links

    News archives

    To view news on events and activities from previous years, please click on the following links:

    2016 news

    2015 news