Category Archives: Health and Wellbeing

10,000 Steps Australasian University Health Challenge – are you in?

It’s Mental Health Awareness week – what are you doing physically to improve or maintain your mental health?

If the answer it ‘not much’ or ‘I’m taking a break’, why not consider walking? It’s easy, it’s free and you can do it alone or with a friend! It is well researched that getting active will help not only your physical health, but your mental health as well! UC is currently involved in the 10,000 Steps Australasian University Health Challenge, and it could be a simple way to get started without going the gym and getting really sweaty!

10,000 Steps Australasian University Health Challenge 

So, while it’s called the 10,000 steps challenge, and we’d LOVE you to aim for that each day, you absolutely don’t have to. ANYTHING counts towards our total.  We came 4th last year (by 8 steps!), and we’re keen to make the podium this year, so we need your help!

Fun fact – 10,000 steps was a marketing slogan designed to sell pedometers over 30 years ago, and today, it’s instantly recognised as a magic number to reach for health. But is it the right number for everyone?

One size does not fit all – but every little bit counts!

The guidelines for healthy activity in NZ are 30mins on five or more days each week of moderate activity.  A brisk walk for 30mins will net you around 3,000 – 4,000 steps. Walking from your car/flat to uni and back will get you some more. Taking the stairs instead of the lift – even more. You get the idea. So, making simple substitutions in your day will add up, and take you toward the 10,000 target, which has got to be good for you right? Well, yes UNLESS you’ve got some medical conditions that might make this target a little unrealistic! If this is you, then aiming for 3,000 to 4,000 steps could be a good starting point, and then you’ve reached your 30mins a day.  If you’re at all concerned, please consult with your doctor before starting.

Head over to our website and find out more on how to sign up and how to record your steps or if that’s all a little bit too confusing, contact  

The challenge has started, and it ends on October 11, but you can join in anytime – every little bit helps!

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness week (MHAW) is coming up on the 21st – 27th September. This year’s theme is focused on “Reimagining Wellbeing Together, He Tirohanga Anamata”.

This annual campaign is all about raising awareness and reducing the stigma that exists around Mental Health. To learn more about MHAW click here.

To celebrate MHAW at UC, we are hosting a range of events in support of Wellbeing.


Wellbeing Expo (will only proceed in alert level 1 or below)

Wednesday 23rd September, 12-2pm Haere-roa

Featuring a variety of wellbeing services and stalls, bbq, live music and care packs (first 100 attendees).

A prize draw (be at the expo to enter!)

Prizes include: Massage vouchers (from the Rec Centre), $100 UBS voucher (donated by TEU), 2 tickets to Mount John Observatory (tour and dinner), Himalayan salt lamp, plus loads more!


Lunchtime Seminars

Mon 21st – Friday 25th

12pm – 1pm

Under croft Room 101


Tues:  Professor Neville Blampied, The Importance of Sleep for Wellbeing

Thurs: Professor Katharina Naswall, Wellbeing – Supporting your own and others.

Fri: Professional Julia Rucklidge, Practical suggestions for improving your mental health under stress.


Take a Mate for Coffee

Wednesday 23rd September

Turn up at the till with your mate and Get 2 hot drinks for the price of one!

Participating cafes: Nuts and Bolts ǀ Engineering Core, Foundry ǀ Haere-roa, The Collective ǀ Dovedale, Ancestral ǀ Ernest Rutherford, Therapy ǀ Rehua.


We encourage you to take some time out to attend these events, as taking care of wellbeing is important to sustaining a healthy work/study life balance.


We look forward to seeing you all there,


Kind Regards,

Mental Health Awareness Working Group

Over 500 reusable masks made for our UC whānau

Over 500 reusable face masks made, and counting!

Over the past three weeks, the Student Volunteer Army and the UC Sustainability Office have worked with over 100 incredible staff and student volunteers to make reusable face masks accessible for our UC community.

From donations of time, materials and sewing machines to mahi from students in CHCH101, and even a guest visit from VC Professor Cheryl de la Rey – we’re so grateful for all the support we’ve received for this project.

The masks have been distributed to the support service teams on campus. If you’re in need of a mask and haven’t yet received one please contact Student Care.

The formal organised mask making workshops are coming to an end this week. However, if you’d like to still contribute to this project we’d love support with making masks from home – all materials provided! If you’re able to make some masks at home please contact the Sustainability Office on

Me mahi tahi tātou mo te oranga o te katoa – working together as one for the well-being of everyone.

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