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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

 

Step Count 2019 | Post Challenge Celebration

The Step Count Challenge Post Challenge Celebration took place on Tuesday 9th July at The Gateway to mark the end of the 2019 challenge and celebrate the fantastic efforts of the teams that took part this year. 335 University staff took part, making up 11% of all people who took part in the challenge nationally. 

'Chariots of Misfire Take 2' won the prize for highest step count of all the University teams and came second nationally!  Additional awards were given out during the celebrations, for the full list of awards and winners please see the August 2019 Well Now! newsletter.


Academic Bicycle Challenge

The Academic Bicycle Challenge combines healthy exercise and social interaction with sustainable mobility and practical climate protection.  The University will be participating in the Academic Bicycle Challenge for the whole month of September.

To participate, simply:

  1. Go to their website, www.go-abc.org

  2. Download and register on the free app, "Naviki"

  3. In the app, go to "Settings" → "Contests" → "ABC!"

  4. Cycle, record your trips, and enjoy ABC Leaderboards

Everybody's fun, team spirit, and exercise are in the ABC spotlight. Sportive performance is possible, though not required! Jump at the chance and benefit from the many ABC advantages for your institution!

For more information, contact Callum and Ailsa at healthandfitness@st-andrews.ac.uk


Bike to Work Breakfast *Active August*

Every third Thursday of month | Rector's Cafe | 08.00 to 09.45 - If you cycle to work in St Andrews, whether at the University or any other place, then you are invited to have FREE BREKFAST on us!


St Andrews Bike Pool - Session dates | Venues

All sessions 17.00 to 18.30

Please see the August 2019 Well Now! newsletter for further details on dates.  To learn more about the Bike Pool Project visit the Transitions webpage.


It's Faster by E-Bike!

It's official! The fastest method of traveling around St Andrews is by E-Bike. That’s what the users of the University’s Go E-Bike have said in a recent user survey after the scheme's first year of use.

Launched in July 2018, Go E-Bike has 19 Gazelle Orange G7 Electric Bikes, located at 5 sites across the University Campus. University staff can use the E-Bikes FOR FREE for up to 24 hours (week-days) or 72 hours (weekends). Users can book and access the bikes via a smartphone App.

The project initially aimed to provide staff moving to Eden Campus the opportunity to travel between sites quickly and efficiently, but has grown to promote cycling for commuting within the town as an alternative to car use.

For more information and E-Bike Induction dates, please visit the August 2019 Well Now! newsletter.


Sleep Competition winner

We announce the winner of a brand new matress worth £250.  From the nearly 70 entries we received to the competition, we could only have one winner of the brand new mattress. 

Congratulations to Karen Brennan for winning.  Karen has worked in the University as a cleaner with the Estates Team for over 5 years. When asked how she felt about winning the competition, Karen commented:  "I can't believe my luck! Having a new mattress will make sleeping even more enjoyable. Thank you!"  

St Andrews Street Market

Fife's finest freshest produce - 09.00 - 14.00, Market Street.

24th August | 7th September

Artisan producers, cookery demonstrations, led walks, live music, family entertainment - All at our car free street markets.  For more information visit the Fife Farmer's Market page.


Dundee Cyclathon 2019

Camperdown Park | Sunday 15th September 2019 | Starting at 10.30am

The Cyclathon, hosted by the Rotary Club of Claverhouse, provides a fun and invigorating day out for all, as well as the opportunity to raise sponsorship for the 2019 Nominated Charity SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) or for a charity of your choice.

Starting and finishing at Camperdown Park, the full Cyclathon will take place along Dundee’s dedicated 26 mile Green Circular Cycle Route.

For the first time, there will also be a Mini-Cyclathon around and within the perimeter of Camperdown Park of 3 laps, a distance of approximately 10 kilometres, for those who would prefer a shorter distance, or for younger children in the family.

To enter, please go to the Entry Form.
To find out more information about the Cyclathon, please visit www.dundeecyclathon.com


Recruiting: WWOW Leaders

We are looking to expand our network of Wee Walk Once a Week Leaders.

We need more walk leaders to lead our roster of walks in the town and develop Walk Leaders for the Eden Campus Relocation.  If you are interested in training to become a WWOW Leader, please register your by contacting wellgrp@st-andrews.ac.uk

Due to technical difficulty in our Well Now! June Edition, we were unable to receive emails of interest.  If you have already submitted your interest please submit it again to wellgrp@st-andrews.ac.uk and a confirmation email will be sent in response.


University Staff Networks

If you are interested in joining the network that provide a social calendar and other organised events, please contact diversity@st-andrews.ac.uk


'Doing Art in the Bell Pettigrew' Society

The informal sessions start with refreshment and discussion, followed by dispersing around the museum to draw or paint. It's a great opportunity to meet colleagues and students from across the University who enjoy art in a fascinating and absorbing environment.

Bird picture.All staff and postgraduate students are welcome to join. No artistic ability required. Participants must bring their own materials. This is not an art class so there is no fee or formal instruction.

Sessions run on Tuesdays (fortnightly), 7PM - 10PM  throughout the academic year (September to June). If you are interested in coming along, or have any questions, please email Alice Carradice: amc17@st-andrews.ac.uk.


Dementia Friendly St Andrews

The group works with people in the local area to run and support fun and enjoyable events and activities within St Andrews that people with dementia can attend and particpate in. The group has hosted fashion shows, concerts and afternoon tea fundraisers to name a few.

The group is always looking for volunteers that can support or host events and come up with innovative ideas for raising funds for research foundations.

If you are interested in participating in any upcoming events or wish to learn more, please go to their Facebook page or contact Dr Maggie Ellis at mpe2@st-andrews.ac.uk


University Staff Book Club

Meet colleagues and make friends discussing books - one evening per month.  For more information please contact Elaine (em45@st-andrews.ac.uk/ext 2331)


Dementia Support Group

A small friendly group that meets twice a semester (usually Mon or Tue) at 13.05.  The meetings are informal, you can leave when you need to - bring your lunch and eat with colleagues.  If you are affected by dementia in any way (and at any time) you are more than welcome to join the group.

For more information, please contact: jtp22@st-andrews.ac.uk - you can also request to be put on the mailing list.


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.


Sleep Hygiene

If you find falling asleep or staying asleep difficult, consider whether your habits during the day are affecting you at night.  ‌Try following a routine that maximises your body's ability to prepare you for a long, deep, refreshing sleep ....

  • Get up at the same time each day!

  • Go outside.

  • Stop drinking caffinated drinks 6-8 hours before bedtime.

  • Finish eating 3 hours before bed.

  • Don't exercise right before bedtime.

  • Get off your phone, tablet or laptop at least an hour before bed.

  • Limit your liquid intake from 1 hour before bed.

  • Make your bedroom as dark and quiet as possible.

  • Make sure your bedroom is cool enough.

For more details on each point and further information please visit the Sleep Hygiene article in the July 2019 Well Now.


 

Step Count Challenge 2019

The headlines at the end of this year's challenge.

  • 68 TEAMS signed up for this year
  • 237 MILLION STEPS have been counted
  • 113,000 MILES have been walked

Our University teams have walked the eqivalent so far of...

  • From St Andrews to the Madrid and back 50 TIMES
  • Around the Equator 4.5 TIMES
  • Half the distance from the Earth to the Moon

Our teams have walked in various parts of Scotland...

  • The Fife Pilgram Walk
  • The Great Glen Way
  • The West Highland Way
  • Mayar & Dreish, Angus Glen
  • Mull of Kintyre, and many more...

For our teams taking part this year, there is still time for you to book yourselves a place for the Step Count Challenge Post-Challenge Celebration | Tues 9th July | The Gateway.  Open to all team members participating in this year's challenge.


A big thank you | Marie Curie 10K

A big thank you to everyone who joined us on the Marie Curie 10K Walk on 8th June.  Over 75 people took part.  A massive £1,541.37 was raised from donations, sponsorships and pledges.  The money collected will go to supporting the work of Marie Curie nurses and support services.

Please visit the Marie Curie website if you would like to donate or find out more.


10K for Marie Curie | 8th June 2019

Join us for this annual walk in aid of Marie Curie. Staff, friends, family, and even dogs are all welcome!  png - daffy and writingThe route takes in some of St Andrews' most iconic sites and will take around 3.5 hours at a comfortable pace.

For those doing the Step Count Challenge this is a great way to combine stepping and spending time with family and friends!

To register your interest please read the 10k Walker Agreement (PDF, 225 KB) and complete our online Registration form.


CPR & Defibrilation training | 12 June 2019

The survival rate for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the UK is currently less than 10%.  ‌This is, in part, due to bystanders lacking knowledge of CPR, defibrillation and the confidence to intervene. Even minor intervention can greatly increase the survival rate of cardiac arrest victims.


Introduction to Dementia workshop | 3 June | 13.30 - 17.00

The basics of dementia and its impact will be covered as well as some strategies for making the most of retained skills for individuals with a diagnosis and those who care for them.  ‌

The course will be delivered by Dr Maggie Ellis who leads the Dementia Friendly St Andrews campaign: https://www.facebook.com/dementiafriendlystandrews/

Book your place on this event.


Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) | 13-19 May 2019

The theme for this year is Body Image which is a very relevant and important topic for many of us.  There has been a lot of focus in the media about the exclusionary body and beauty standards that exist within our society. Many movements and campaigns have come to the forefront to advocate and celebrate the diversity of shapes, sizes, and colours that bodies come in, and refocus our self-worth towards our other non-physical attributes, achievements and talents.

For more information and details on how you can get involved please visit the dedicated University MHAW page and the MHAW website.


Healthy Working Lives Survey 2019

Every 3 years the University runs the Healthy Working Lives Survey to find out how we're doing in promoting wellbeing, health, and safety for our employees in their working lives.

Participants have the ‌option to add their name (via a separate form) to be entered into a prize draw for one of five £30 vouchers for local retailers. This will not affect the confidentiality of your responses.

The survey is completely anonymous.  Please contribute to the University wellbeing and engagement programme by taking time out to complete this survey:  https://standrews.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/healthy-working-lives-survey-2019


Fife Leisure Corporate Membership

*Now available to University Staff*

The Wellbeing & Engagement Group is delighted to confirm that the University has now joined the Fife Leisure Corporate Membership scheme!

This will enable University staff to receive a 20% discount on the usual fees. Staff can take advantage of this offer by showing their Staff ID badge when joining up at any of Fife Leisure's facilities. Existing members can transfer to the preferential rates at their request, provided they have completed their minimum term of membership and provide 30 days' notice.

If you have any queries please email wellgrp@st-andrews.ac.uk.


Step Count Challenge 2019 is coming!

The national 8-week challenge where teams of five make like a Pretender and walk 500 miles (or more!) is back! Starting on 29th April, teams from organisations across Scotland will join in with Photo taken from Autumn Step CountPaths For All's annual competition designed to get us all out of seats and walking just that bit more every day.

The Wellbeing & Engagement Group will once again be sponsoring University teams so registration fees will be paid on your behalf. Just get your team together and fill in the online sponsorship request form‌.

For more information see the dedicated Step Count Challenge 2019 web page.


50+ Pilates | 16th April 2019

Aimed at members of staff in te 50+ age bracket, this relaxing class will focus on the deeper muscles of the abdominals and back to improve your posture, strengthen your core, and improve your flexibility.

All participants are welcome, regardless of whether you have tried Pilates before or not. Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move in, and should you have your own exercise mat please feel free to bring that.

Book Now: April 16th 12.30-13.30


CPR & Defib training - 27th March 2019

Book Now: March 27th 12.30-13.30

This brief class with Henry Rae and Mike Fearons, University First Aiders, will teach the Instinctive CPR method.‌  There is very little to remember, but learning the method will give you the confidence to believe you could cope with a  real emergency.

No experience is required - just come along and get hands-on!  This class is also suitable as a refresher for those who have previously had training but have not done CPR for a while.


How healthy is your heart?

Find out with the NHS Check Your Heart Age Tool - the heart age test:

  • Tells you your heart age compared to your real age
  • Explains why it's important to know your blood pressure and cholestrol numbers
  • Gives advice on how to reduce your heart age

Fife Leisure Corporate Membership Update

Thank you to all members of staff who expressed interest in joining Fife Leisure's Corporate Membership scheme, which provides a 20% discount on the usual fees.

The Wellbeing & Engagement Group is delighted to confirm that the University has now applied to join the corporate membership scheme. The joining process is underway, and we will provide details of how to take advantage of this offer to all staff who expressed interest as soon as our membership is confirmed.

If you did not express interest, but would like to receive these details please email wellgrp@st-andrews.ac.uk.


Love Your Smile with Gentle Dental Care

Gentle Dental Care (in St Andrews) is offering a FREE New Patient Assesment (worth £85) to any University member of staff signing up for a 12-month membership plan.  This offer is only available until 1st June.

The New Patient Assessment is a 30-minute appointment which includes screening for gum disease, mouth cancer and x-rays.

Contact details for the dental practice - email: info@standrewsdentist.co.uk or tel: 01334 475 433


Fresh Produce Giveaway!

Email wellgrp@st-andrews.ac.uk by Close of Business on Friday 15th February 2019 and win 1KG of fresh fruit & vegetables - FREE!  Winners are selected at random and will be notified by 20th Feb, with distribution on 28th Feb.


 

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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

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