The University will tackle workplace lethargy tomorrow (Wednesday 20 June) with a host of free lunchtime exercise and relaxation sessions for staff at its Garthdee campus.
Workout @ Work Day (W@WD) – an initiative led by the School of Health Sciences in concert with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) – will see staff take part in a variety of activities including swimming, climbing, rounders and yoga.
Participants will also learn how to achieve a healthy and balanced diet, plus how to reduce stress levels by attending workshops designed by qualified physiotherapists and health scientists.
This is the second time the university has run a W@WD event, having originally organised a schedule of activities in September 2011. The initiative has been organised in response to the CSP’s ‘Move for Health’ campaign which advises that adults should exercise at moderate intensity for 30 minutes each day, five times a week.
W@WD events will take place across the UK this week, each communicating the core message that physical activity can help prevent or manage over 20 medical conditions, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, back pain, osteoarthritis and depression.
Health improvement and health promotion are key focuses within the Faculty of Health and Social Care and across the University. All health-related undergraduate programmes are now underpinned by core modules which help students develop the skills to meet existing and emerging challenges in the health professions such as lifestyle related diseases including diabetes and obesity.
Gil Barton, course leader for the online distance learning MSc Health Improvement and Health Promotion programme, is a leading force behind the university’s W@WD programme. She said: “Here at the School of Health Sciences we are keen to encourage and support staff throughout the University to look after their overall health and wellbeing. Workout @ Work Day is an opportunity to highlight the benefits of a healthy diet, stress management and physical activity as well as having fun. ”
For further information on the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy’s Move for Health campaign visit: www.csp.org.uk/your-health/healthy-living/move-health-campaign
RGU staff lead the W@WD programme - (from left) Victoria Park (Lecturer in Physiotherapy), Elizabeth Hancock (Head of School of Health Sciences) and Sally Blackledge (Yoga Instructor).
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