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Wellbeing calendar

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

April 2018 - Cancer Awareness

 

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1 in 2 people born after 1960 in the UK will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime.  The following are some of the most common cancers in the UK:‌

 

  • Prostate Cancer - the most comon cancer in men.  Risk of getting prostate cancer is higher if mother or sister has had breast cancer. (Prostate Cancer UK)

  • Breast Cancer -‌ the most common cancer in women.  ‌Worldwide Breast Cancer 'Know your Lemons', they can teach you a lot about breast cancer. ‌

  • Bowel Cancer - the third most common cancer for both men and women, with around 41,700 new cases every year (Cancer Research UK).  See the Bowel Cancer UK's website for information on reducing your risks.

     

Being overweight or obesse is a growing cause of cancer, according to new figures from Cancer Research UK, and is the second largest cause of cancer.  However, smoking remains the biggest cause of avoidable cancers in UK.

 

For more information on cancer (and the types mentioned above) please see the Well Now! newsletter - April 2018.

 

Being Active

The University Sports Centre work with Fife Leisure Trust to deliver Active Options and Move More classes (bottom of page).  These classes are specially for referral patients, some whom are undergoing treatment or recovering from cancer.


Cancer Awareness Talk and Tour of the Systems Pathology Labs

Date: 20/04/18
Time: 12.30 to 13.45
Presenter: Dr Paul Reynolds (School of Medicine)

 

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. The talk will be followed by a tour of the University Systems Pathology labs.

Book your place on the Cancer Awareness Talk.

March - No Smoking month

 

National No Smoking Day is on Wednesday 14 March and the theme this year is Pick your Way, #TellUsYourWay and Quit your Way. The Day encourages those who smoke to quit, and raises awareness of the resources available to those wanting to make that change. 

 

Much of the information focuses on the huge health and financial benefits of ceasing smoking, and yet there are even wider implications for both communities and the environment. For smoking to be possible, vast quantities of tobacco need to be grown - but where does it all come from? In 2012, nearly 7.5 million tonnes of tobacco leaf was grown on almost 4.3 million hectares of agricultural land.


Want to quit?

If you currently smoke and want to stop, help is available, our Occupational Health Advisor ‌Janey Watt can offer support (Ext: 2752 or email: ehss@st-andrews.ac.uk).

 

We also have 10 free copies of Allen Carr's book to give away - get yours by emailing: wellgrp@standrews.ac.uk or calling Ext: 2533.

 

'It’s been described as ‘a real smoker’s way to quit’. You carry on smoking until you’re ready to stub out your final cigarette.  Easyway doesn’t focus on the downsides of smoking – smokers know all about those already. Instead the method answers the
question ‘What’s so great about being a smoker?' Understanding that is the key to being set free.' (https://www.allencarr.com/easyway-stop-smoking/)

 

Have you already stopped?

Help colleagues by sharing what worked for you by emailing us with #TellUsYourWay in the subject line.

February 2018 - Love Yourself month

 

Hands in the shape of a heart in the sun.

During February, we’re encouraging you to Love Yourself:

  • Eat well with our Fresh Produce Giveaway! Be one of 50 staff members selected to receive 2KG of fresh fruit and vegetables - FREE! Register by emailing wellgrp@st-andrews.ac.uk.

  • Practise Self-Care Meditation with our new series. Meditation is an extremely useful tool to help reduce stress, increase self-awareness, promote acceptance and relax more so you enjoy life! Practicing meditation can help to improve coping skills in the face of stress, which increase your resilience and leads to an enhanced quality of life. This 4-week meditation series will consist of 30 minute sessions which will focus on different aspects of self-care including self-trust, self-nurturing, self-esteem and self-compassion. During each session you will explore and practice different relaxation techniques for your mind which are helpful during times of stress. Book now on PDMS: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/?CourseID=8020

  • Give yourself a health MOT!It's easy to get bogged down in the day to day routine, but don't forget to look after yourself too. There are a few appointments and easy habits you can make to ensure you are keeping yourself in the best possible health. A 20 minute eye appointment could reduce eye strain, or getting that niggly tooth fixed would make meals more enjoyable. And of course, if there is some health issue that has just been making you wonder if you should do something, whether an ache, persistent cough, mole or lump, make that GP appointment. Appointments to think about making:

There may be other appointments that you need to make depending on your circumstances for example any Family History Flags. If you have anything that runs in the family, make sure you are up to date with any checks specific to your own family history.

If you haven't signed up to a dental practice or GP, this is as good a time as any, before any problems arise.

And because prevention is better than a cure, check yourself:  

Make those appointments you've been meaning to get round to - you are worth it!

January 2018 - Physical Fitness month

 

Get your new year off to an active start with some physical exercise. Why not try:

 

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

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