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What's happening? Our programme of scheduled helath and wellbeing events and campaigns, as well as news and updates on recent activities. 

May 2017 - Mental health

Mental health

Mental Heath Awareness Week, 08 - 14 May 2017

‌This year the theme looks at mental health from a new angle, rather than ask why so many people are living with mental health problems, we ask why too few of us are thriving with good mental health. 

 

Follow the dedicated MHAW webpage for information and events/activities planned for the week.


Physical exercise is beneficial for your mental health and wellbeing, with beneficial effects appearing to equal meditation or relaxation.

 

Cardio Tennis - is a fun, sociable group fitness class set on a tenns court and open to all people of all ages and abilities. 

 

Supported by music, you'll get to hit lots of tennis balls during your class and have a great cardio workout at the same time.  The 60 min class consists of: Warm Up, Aerobic section, Tennis section and the Cool Down.  Watch what is Cardio Tennis? for further information.

 

Barre Fit - lunchtime series of 4 classes (16, 23, 30 May and 06 June 2017)

 

Release your inner balerina - dance inspired exercises atart at the ballet barre and move into the centre.  Basic ballet moves focus on challenging the upper and lower body to help create definned shoulders, arms, slim hips, toned thights and a tight bottom.  Develop a stronger, longer and leaner physique.


Mental health links and apps

In addition to the University Library Wellbeing Resources and Wellbeing Useful Links section, the following is a listing of external websites/apps which in no way implies any form of endorsement by the University.  The University takes no responsibility for the content of these websites/apps. The sites/apps have been provided in good faith, for general information purposes only.

 

iPhone Apps

  • Pacific – tools for stress and anxiety alongside a supportive community.  Based on CBT and meditation.

  • Optimism – for depression, bipolar and anxiety disorders to track moods, keep a journal and chart recovery process.

  • Breathe2Relax – stress management breathing exercises.

  • SAM (Self-help for Anxiety Management) – understand and manage anxiety.

  • WARP wellness tools (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)

  • SilverCloud – online course to help people manage stress, anxiety and depression.

  • Calm – mindfulness and meditation to relax, focus and sleep better.

  • Moodtools – self-help evidence-based tools targeting depression.

  • MoodKit – tools to improve your mood and become more knowledgeable on your moods.

  • RCPsych Mental Health – general information, videos, podcasts and links to Royal College website.

  • Five Ways to Wellbeing – Reflect on wellbeing, set activities to help improve wellbeing and track progress.

  • Relax Melodies – relaxation and sleep.

Website links


April 2017 - Cancer awareness and Diabetes

 

Woordle diabetes  Cancer Research UK Logo

Marie Curie 10K sponsored walk *RESCHEDULED*

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.

 

For further information and to register an interest, please email: wellgrp@st-andrews.ac.uk


Cancer awareness talk and 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. 


Links on Cancer

Links on Diabetes

March 2017 - Smoking

 

BHF no smoking day

University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day

Theme: Active mental health and the importance of exercise
Date: 2nd March 2017

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 Tuesday 2nd March at 1pm - for further details please send an email to: wellgrp@st-andrews.ac.uk with the subject line "walk and talk".


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


No Smoking day

Date: 8th March 2017

 

No Smoking Day has been running since Ash Wednesday in 1983, when it was called Quit for the Day.   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.  no smoking signAfter:

 

  • 20 mins - 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)

 

February 2017 - Love yourself

 

Hands in the shape of a heart in the sun.

Wellbeing reading list

‌The Wellbeing and Engagement Group have created a library resource which lists some recommended books on Mental Health and Wellbeing. heart and yourself on black background These books are available as electronic books online and/or books within the Library.  Visit the Wellbeing reading list to view the books available.


Wellbeing Routine and Breathing

Date: 22/02/17

 

The main message of this one-hour session is that a thoughtfully conceived and executed routine is the cornerstone for wellbeing. Breathing is an essential part of it, as it can do miracles for one’s physical and emotional status.

 

Setting and following simple routines of conscious breathing works for stress reduction and leads to improved general health. Various traditions -- such as yoga (pranayama), Taoism, as well as the more recent Buyteyko method -- have developed techniques which are worth knowing about.

 

To book on this block of yoga sessions, please book via the online booking system (PDMS): https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/?CourseID=7014


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


Healthy eating

Eating healthily and on a balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health and can help you feel your best.  It can also help you to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.  The following links are for resources/materials related to healthy eating.

 

Eatwell Guide

The guide replaces the 'Eatwell plate' and has been updated to take into account the new dietary recommendations for more fibre and less sugar.  Image of the Eatwell GuideIt shows the portions of the foods and drinks that make up a healthy diet.

 

NHS guidance

 

Misc

  • Healthy Food Guide UK - full of recipies, health news articles, nutritional information and additional resources.

  • Mindful eating - can help us learn to read our body signals more effectively about when we are hungry and when we are full. 


January 2017 - Physical fitness month

 

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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.

 

Following 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.

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Related links

    Calendar archives

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

    2016 calendar

    2015 calendar