UWE encourages student to 'Feel Good' in February

Issue date: 20 February 2006

Feel Good February The University of the West of England is offering students the chance to focus on their health and wellbeing in a specially organised week of information and events from 27 February to 3 March 2006.

'Feel good February' is co-organised by three departments in the University: the Centre for Student Affairs, the Physical Recreation Centre and the Students' Union.

It is the University's first Student Health Awareness Week and aims to raise students' awareness of specific health issues and encourage them to look after their bodies and minds.

Neil Harrison of the Centre for student Affairs says, “Whilst juggling their busy lives between studying, working and having fun, it is all too easy for students to forget to look after their bodies and minds. The idea behind the Health Awareness Week is to give students a reminder about some of the risks and the chance to try something new to support their wellbeing. Perhaps most importantly, we know that healthy students make successful students!"

Events during the week are clustered around four different topics: student, mental, sexual and public health. Over 45 events are scheduled throughout the week, publicising information and sources of help and support within the University and in the local community.

Monday's topics provide information and the opportunity to talk to an expert on subjects such as meningitis, healthy nutrition, alcohol, smoking, drugs, local doctors and dentists, as well as sports and fitness. Highlights include: '10 Minutes in Heaven – a Neck and Shoulder Massage', a relaxation workshop, health and fitness tests, and the chance to find out about lung function, smoking and blood pressure.

Mental health issues are the focus on Tuesday with information on depression, anxiety, stress management, self injury, eating disorders, and spiritual health. Experts from local mental health organisations, such as Bristol Mind and the Samaritans as well as the UWE Counselling and Psychological Services will be on hand to answer questions from students. Workshops on procrastination, relaxation and personal fitness are offered throughout the day.

The Sexual Health Fair on Wednesday provides students with information on sexually transmitted infections, HIV and Aids, contraceptives, coming out and Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender health issues, as well as on date rape and violence against women. UWE's LGBT society is available to provide personal insights and support. Events during the day include a talk on STIs and Aids by the Malago Surgery.

On Thursday, 2 March the focus will be on Public Health. A wide range of issues, such as cholesterol, heart disease, cancer, asthma, allergies, diabetes will be covered as well as, careers and volunteering in the health sector and bike and walking routes around Bristol. Students can book a sports massage, find out how to keep their fitness-related new year's resolutions ('Active for Life'), participate in a self esteem workshop ('I Am Who I Am') or have their fitness levels checked ('How Fit Are You?').

Friday brings together key themes from the week with special events such a talk on safe sex, an alcohol quiz, lung function and body fat tests, as well as a food tasting session, where students will be challenged to taste the difference between low fat and high fat or low sugar and high sugar versions of food. The week ends with the customary Crunchie party in the Escape bar, where Students' Union volunteers will actively make students aware of the dangers of drinks spiking.

For further information contact Neil Harrison from the Centre for Student Affairs, at 0117 32 81313.

For a full list of events see: www.uwe.ac.uk/csa/feelgood


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