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January 2016

'Physical health and activity' month

Jump into January, 27/01/16

Take the opportunity to join this supported 6 week fitness programme, with free health assessments.  It looks at various aspects of health and fitness and may be just the 'jump start' you need to help with those resolutions from the New Year.


You can look forward to the following activities which run later in the year but you need to register early.

WWOW (Walk at Work Once a Week)

To encourage fitness among staff and allowing opportunities for networking between colleagues whose paths wouldn't normally cross, WWOW will organise regular group walks.  For the more adventerous, there will be periodic 'expert leader' walks at weekends.


Become a Walk or Expert Walk Leader, email: - register your interest today.  Leaders will be trained during March.

Step Count Challenge 2016, 18/04/16

Target of 100 participants (20 teams of 5) which will be sponsored by the Wellbeing and Engagement Group.  Last year staff reached 28 million steps and enjoyed the experience.


Starts: 18th April 2016
Please email early to register or to find out more information:

February 2016

Love yourself! month

Wear It Beat It logo.

WEAR IT. BEAT IT. ,05/02/16

University staff supported the British Heart Foundation's campaign by wearing something red and/ or holding an event (e.g. coffee morning, book/ DVD sale and so on) to raise money.  Photos of colleagues wearing red and events were emailed to us and have been made into a 'montage' as a summary of the day's activities. For every participant CAPOD has donated £1 to the charity. 


To find out more about how much was raised and to see the photo 'montage' of university colleagues taking part, please visit the Wear It Beat It 2016 page.

Fresh produce giveaway

Be one of the first 50 staff members to register via email to, and on the 19th February you will receive 2KG of fresh fruit and vegetables - FREE!


STOP PRESS: only a few left ! Hurry - going fast!

Passport to Health & Wellbeing Excellence - launch events

The Passport to Health & Wellbeing Excellence will provide recognition for taking part in wellbeing activities, and will provide participants with information, news and new opportunities. The programme focuses on four key themes: mental wellbeing, physical wellbeing, nutritional wellbeing and workplace wellbeing.


If you are interested and want to learn more, attend one of the two launch events taking place in February (follow the link for further infromation and the book a place): 


16 February, 10.30 - 11.30am
23 February, 14.00 - 15.00pm

March 2016

No smoking/ tobacco month 

No Smoking/ Tobacco Day

Date: 9th March 2016
Theme for 2016: Proud to be a Quitter!


So, if you are thinking of quitting smoking why not visit the official 'No Smoking Day' website to read the inspirational stories to help you along the way.  The first No Smoking Day was held on Ash Wednesday in 1984 and it now takes place every year on the second Wednesday in March.


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.  There are so many health benefits of quitting smoking and it's never too late. 


  • After 24 hours of stopping - lungs start clearing out your build up of tar, and;

  • After 3-9 months, your lungs will have room for up to 10% more oxygen.

April 2016

Cancer Awareness and prevention month

Cancer Awareness talk (plus optional tour of Systems Pathology lab)

Date: 21st April 2016
Time: 13.00 to 14.00


Dr Paul Reynolds (School of Medicine)will deliver a highly recommended and informative talk on cancer research, which will include information on some facts & figures; >40% of cancer in the UK is linked to lifestyle and environmental risk factors; the process of conducting clinical trials; how new medicines become available treatments for patients and some of the cancer/ pathology projects in the Systems Pathology labs at the University.  An optional tour of the Systems Pathology labs is included for those who are interested.

Marie Curie 10K sponsored walk

Date: Saturday 23rd April 2016
Time: 10.00
Meeting place: St Salvator's Quad


Join the WWOW Walk Leaders as they take you on a tour of St Andrews, including the West Sands, the Old Course, the Cathedral, the harbour, the East Sands and Lade Braes. The walk will take around 3 hours at a comfortable walking speed.  For those taking part in Step Count Challenge this is another way to increase your team's step count whilst raising money for a great cause!


The Wellbeing and Engagement Group will make a contribution for every kilometre walked by registered staff and students, but you can also organise your own sponsorship to boost the total. Funds raised can be paid directly to Marie Curie or can be deposited with the Wellbeing and Engagement Group and we will pay the money to Marie Curie on your behalf.

The following are links to view and download the 10k Walk flyer, the Marie Curie sponsorship form, so you can collect your own sponsorship, the Walker Agreement which must be accepted in order to take part, and a link to the online registration form, which includes a declaration that you accept the Walker Agreement. 

10k Walk Flyer (PDF, 291 KB)

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

10k Walker Agreement (PDF, 287 KB)

Sign up to join the 10K Sponsored Walk

May 2016

‌Mental Health Awareness Week (16th-22nd May 2016)

The Mental Health Foundation logo for this year.      

Mental Health Awareness Week

Date(s): 16th to 22nd March 2016


To support this campaign and to promote this important aspect of health and wellbeing, the Wellbeing and Engagement Group have planned a range of special sessions for University staff.  ‌Last year we organised activities throughout the week, including Yoga, Tai Chi, Mindfulness and Resilience.  This year the plan is to have even more on offer.


For details of the current programme (which we will add to over the next few weeks), visit the Mental health awareness week webpage

WWOW! - Wee Walk Once a Week

Date: 10th May 2016
Time: 12.30
Meeting place: St Salvator's Quad


We are launching our University walking group, with it's inaugural walk, on Tuesday 10 May, starting 12.30pm in St Salvator's Quad.  WWOW is open to all staff and students and will involve a 30 minute walk in and around the town every week. It will be a great way to get a little moderate physical activity during the week, and a chance to meet and talk to other members of the University community.  For more information visit our WWOW webpage.


Another Walk Leader Training session has also been scheduled on 11 May, 1400 - 1630. For further details and to book visit the University online booking system

June 2016

Care for Carers Week, 6th to 12th


Care for Carers Week

Dates: 6th to 12th


Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign to raise awareness of carers - recognising and celebrating the contribution carers make to families and communities throughout the UK.  Events are run all over the UK, please visit the dedicated website to find an event near you:


For further information on how to get involved: Get involved guide

Bike Week

Dates: 11th to 19th

This event aims to encourage more cycling within everyday lives, improving fitness and showing how easily it can fit into your life.  The focus for this year 'cycle to work' will help cyclists to work out the easiest routes to work, encourage 'buddy' rides with colleagues or take part in challenges.  To search for your nearest event, please visit:


For more information, please visit the following resources:


Diabetes Week

Dates: 12th to 18th

This week aims to raise awareness of diabetes and raise funds for ongoing research.  The theme for this year is 'Setting the record straight' to help educate regarding the myths and misconceptions on diabetes.


There are lots of ways to get involved, please visit the Diabetes UK for ideas:  For more information on Diabetes week, please visit the dedicated page: which includes free resources.

Men's Health Week

‌Dates: 13th to 19th


The theme for this year is 'How do you beat stress?' and it focuses on ways to beat stress.  For more information, please visit the dedicated pages:


Additional resources:

July 2016

Healthy sleep month

During July we are offering a couple of special activities to help you get the best from your nights sleep.  There are limited spaces on each and we'll be allocating on a first come first served basis.  The events include the following:


  • Successful Sleep workshop - 25th@ 15.00 to 16.30

  • Neom sleep therapy taster event - 26th@ 18.00 to 20.00

August 2016

Physical fitness month

Plenty of activities in August for physical fitness and special wellbeing taster sessions delivered in your workplace to you and your colleagues.  Activities include:


  • FREE sports massage - 17th@ every hour from 09.00 to 11.00 and 13.00 to 15.00Sorry, sold out! - we hope to schedule more soon.

  • Wellbeing on Tour! - starts in August, one Tues & Fri every month for 12 months - for more information:

    • Desk Yoga

    • Desk Reviver

  • Lunch and Garden Walk (Edible Campus) - every friday@ 12.00

  • Labyrinth Magic - 24th@ 17.30 to 19.00

  • Gardening for Fitness (and food) - 25th@ 12.00 to 14.00, Albany Park Garden

  • De-stress in the Garden (to be confirmed)

  • Nordic walking - starting 18th

  • Blue Badge Guided Walk (to be confirmed)

  • Spa Open Evenings (Kohler Waters Spa) - every Thursday during August@ 17.30

  • Bike to Work Breakfast - 25th@ 08.00 to 09.00 - Students Association
    FREE breakfast (sit in or takeaway) and the opportunity to seek help/ advice from specialists in the St Andrews Bike Pool, with quick repairs and maintenace.

September 2016

Sedentary working month

On average, british people sit for 8.9 hours each day.  Studies show that sitting for more than 4 hours in a day can cause the following damage: enzymes responsible for burning harmful blood fats shutting down; reduced calorie burning (Metabolic rate); disrupted blood sugar levels; leg muscles switch off; increased insulin and blood pressure levels. (International Scientific Research on Sedentary Behaviour,

Sedentary behaviour also leads to increased risks of illness such as:

  • Heart disease

  • Diabetes

  • Cancer

  • Back ache

  • Dementia

  • Depression

  • Muscle degeneration

To find out more statistics and facts on the illnesses related to sedentary behaviour, visit the Top 10 risks.  The site also contains a 'Sitting Calculator' so you can calculate the hours you spend sitting on an average "working day".


Tips for keeping active during work

Some small changes that could fit into your working routine to help you move regularily and be on your feet:

  • Stand during phone calls

  • Stand and take a break from your computer every 30 minutes

  • Use the stairs rather than the lift

  • Have standing or walking meetings

  • Walk to your colleague's desk instead of phoning or emailing them

  • Stand at the back of the room  during presentations

Additional resources and materials

October 2016

Go Sober for October

Go Sober for October

Feel generally healthier in everything you do and in the process help to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.  ‌For every person who goes Sober for October, we will make a donation to the Macmillan Charity on your behalf.


To get started, please sign up to the campaign and join our University of St Andrews team.  ‌Once you have made your pledge, we will make a donation to Macmillan Cancer Support at the end of the month on your behalf.


There are many resources available to keep us on track. For health and fitness tips to make the most of your sober month, please visit the wellbeing section on the Go Sober website.


During the month of October, enter our photo contest by submitting photos of activities you are doing in place of drinking. At the end of the month, the most interesting and creative photo submission will win you a £30 shopping voucher.


Go Sober poster (PDF, 357 KB)

Go Sober for October website

November 2016

Movember - join the movement for men's health

What can you do for men's health this Movember?

Grow your Movember Mustache or take the Move Challenge and use it to raise funds for men's health.  To find out how you can join the Movember Movement and to stay informed, please email:


Movember Foundation website

Wellbeing & Engagement Group

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

Sign up to the Well Now! newsletter email:

Related links

    Calendar archives

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

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    2019 calendar

    2018 calendar