Published: 12 May 2017

University celebrates a successful Wellbeing Week

Wellbeing Week 2017 Sandra Samaca

Over the past week the University campus has been a hub of activity for Wellbeing Week.

The week has been popular on social media with #LivUniWellbeing trending on Twitter in Liverpool. Here are just some of the highlights from a fantastic week.

Puppy Room

The University worked with the Guide Dogs Association in Liverpool to set up a Puppy Room for Students and Staff.

The event was a great success, with the University also raising almost £500 for Guide dogs.

Some of the pooches came dressed for the occasion:


Relaxation Tips for Parents

On Monday, Hazel Cook-Higgins, an NCT antenatal teacher who works in Life Sciences as a Technician, held a Relaxation Tips for Parents class.

Speaking about the session, Hazel said: “I would advise parents to make room in their schedule to do something without their children or partners, to find some ‘me’ time. Tai Chi is a wonderful way to relax, step off and ‘reboot’ before heading back into the fray!”

Wellbeing Roadshow

The Wellbeing Roadshow included sports and fitness taster sessions, basic health checks including BMI and blood pressure and relaxation taster sessions, weight management and nutritional advice. The Roadshow travelled to Leahurst campus on Friday.

The Brain Charity

On Tuesday, Nanette Mellor, CEO of The Brain Charity, gave a talk to staff and students about neurological conditions. Nanette explained the ways in which The Brain Charity can help people with a neurological condition, both emotionally and practically.

Falconry

A beautiful selection of owls, falcons, hawks and eagles were on display at Abercromby Square thanks to the Cheshire Falconry Centre.

Displays included the Bateleur Eagle, native to Sub-Saharan Africa:

 

Campus 5K run

Over 300 people took part in the Campus 5K run. Matthew Collyer was the first male runner to cross the line and Jasmine Thayer was the first female to finish the race.

Photo credit: Sandra Samaca

Andy Craig, Director of Sport, said: “It was a fantastic atmosphere once again. The sun was shining, the music was playing, students and staff were talking, laughing and showing off their medals! Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

“A special mention also goes to Jeff from Physiology who ran the race dressed as a clown and to Sport Liverpool’s mascot, Lenny the Liverbird who was on hand to give well deserved high fives at the finish line.”

A gallery from the 5k campus run is now available here. (Photos taken by Sandra Samaca)

Bike maintenance and breakfast

The Bike Doctor was on hand to meet and carry out any repairs and maintenance to help cyclists on campus.

The Sustainability Team were also on hand to promote alternative methods of travel. There was also free breakfast for cyclists with pancakes on the menu:

 

Work-life balance talk

Bethan Collins and colleague from Occupational Therapy hosted a session on maintain a healthy work-life balance. The session was a practical workshop based on principles of lifestyle design and occupational therapy. Attendees looked at current lifestyles, thought about what they may change and considered strategies to improve their wellbeing as part of everyday life.

 

Commenting on the importance of work-life balance, Bethan said: “Work-life balance is individual – it depends on the work and how the person feels about their work. I think that the results of the staff survey suggest that people do find it a challenge…the University can support staff by creating and supporting a culture that recommends that people take breaks, that they have autonomy in their roles, with open communication and that encourages people to take on hobbies, interests or activities that are not related to work outside work.”

Mindfulness and Mental Wellbeing

A short taster session is set to be hosted on Friday, to learn the art of mindfulness and finding out how this contributes to wellbeing on a daily basis.

Unfortunately, there is still a stigma surrounding mental health issues with many people still not understanding and appreciating what it is like to have a mental illness. In this talk on the Friday, Dr Jenna Kenyani tells her story about what it has been like to live and work in academia with depression and anxiety.

Library Chill out zone

Liverpool University Library hosted Chill Out Zones across campus with the opportunity for staff and students to spend some time relaxing, colouring in, reading, thinking and being mindful:

 

The University would like to thank all the staff and students across campuses that have supported, attended and made Wellbeing Week such a success.

For more information on what was available across the week please visit: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/intranet/wellbeing/wellbeing-week/whats-on/

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