UWE Bristol gets ready to 'Feel Good'

Issue date: 01 February 2013

February is the month to feel good at UWE Bristol. Students are getting ready to avail themselves of a number of health and wellbeing events organised as part of 'Feel Good February'.

Now in its seventh successful year, 'Feel Good February' is an opportunity for students and staff to focus on their health, fitness and wellbeing, by taking part in a range of activities and taster sessions.

Events taking place include healthy cooking demonstrations in OneZone, a wildlife wilderness walk to boost well-being, smoke-free clinics to offer help and advice to those that want to quit and £5 gym membership offered by the Centre for Sport. A local farmers' market will be selling fresh produce on the first Tuesday of the month and students can also win an iPad by taking part in an on-going sexual health awareness campaign. Female students can take part in Body Beautiful workshops and activities, including self-defence, zumba and yoga, run by the students union, and everyone can take part in The One World Fiesta, a new, week-long, food, dance, music and film event that is a celebration of diversity and culture at UWE Bristol.

A new event this year is The Succeed Body Image Programme, which endeavours to help improve body image. The sessions are open to all female students and are run by UWE student 'Peer Leaders' who have undergone rigorous training by staff at the Centre for Appearance Research at UWE and The Succeed Foundation.

Over 12 years of scientific research show that taking part in the programme helps to improve body image, reduces both concerns about weight and problematic eating behaviours. Furthermore, 4 out of 5 women who have participated in the programme say that they would recommend it to a friend. There will be two groups running during 'Feel Good February' and usually there are 5-15 students in each group.

Sophie Davies, Healthy University Intern, comments, “'Feel Good February' is an important activity in our healthy university calendar and a high priority for the university, actively promoting a sustainable and healthy environment for staff and students. February was particularly chosen to address those New Year resolutions that were starting to fade, helping to encourage people to get active, eat healthy and look after their wellbeing. Every year 'Feel Good February' has got bigger and better by creating partnerships with the NHS, local councils, UWE Student Union and various other departments/services at the University.”

For the full list of events, activities and opportunities available throughout 'Feel Good February', please click here.

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