UWE Grub Club encourages student healthy eating

Issue date: 28 April 2010

Fruit Thursday 29 April 2010 11.00-14.00
Core 24, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus

With summer exams fast approaching, University of the West of England students will learn how changing their eating habits can boost their mood at a special cookery and tasting demonstration on Thursday 29 April 11.00-14.00 at the University's Frenchay Campus.

Working in partnership with the BBC Grub Club to organise the event, UWE's Hospitality services have chosen the theme of Food for the Brain to illustrate to students how preparing and eating foods such as bananas, oily fish, poultry and broccoli can improve concentration and keep stress levels down.

Event Organiser, Leanne Carter-Brown (Facilities) explains, “Exam time can be a stressful time for students and it's important to look after yourself. We've organised this free event as a fun way of showing students that cooking together is not only a good social activity but that these recipes can provide the right balance of nutrients to help prepare your mind and body.

“We know students are on a tight budget, so we've chosen healthy affordable meals selected by BBC Grub Club, TV Chef Gizzi Erskine such as: sizzling skewers and banana and blueberry muffins. There is also a regular fruit and vegetable stall on all campuses so students can pick up ingredients to try these recipes out on their housemates at home. Entrance is free and you don't need to register, so why not come along and learn something new.”

Student and staff wellbeing and taking it out to the wider community is a key University objective.Regular events run throughout the year including Feelgood week where students and staff can try taster sessions in relaxation, fitness and health awareness, both the monthly Farmers' Market on Frenchay campus which hosts local and organic food producers and UWE's Centre for Sport are open to the local community. The Centre for Sport will host UWE Hotshots Holiday Camps for children aged 8-13 from Monday 26 July to Friday 27 August and will be running a summer membership for the community starting in June.

BBC Grub Club has been working with Universities across the country encouraging students to cook, eat and socialise with each other as part of the BBC's mental health and wellbeing campaign, Headroom. For more information see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/headroom/grubclub/index.shtml

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