Winter is here, so is the flu

With winter coming down on us now, flu season is truly here. The Health Centre supplies free or subsidised vaccinations against the flu which is a great investment in your health this winter. It may not seem like it at first, but around campus flus and bugs spread like wildfire, so get immunised now before exam time to take the pressure off you and your health this semester. You can find the details on their website.

UC Health Centre offers flu vaccines

UC Health Centre offers flu vaccines

 

The University Community Gardens

If you have a green thumb a great way to help out the local community, is through the University’s Community Gardens.

UC Community Gardens

UC Community Gardens

Community gardens have a few important benefits:
1. You don’t need gardening experience to be involved as the hands on work will teach you as you go.
2. These gardens reinforce a sense of community, and allow people to connect with other individuals in their area.
3. They promote physical activity and a connection with the environment.
4. The gardens give people who are involved access to healthy organic fruits, vegetables and herbs. Mmm food…

What’s that you say? Enjoying the great outdoors, making new friends, and taking home healthy produce that you’ve grown yourself! Which you may or may not share with hungry flatmates…
It’s too good to be true. Ah but it isn’t, and anyone can become a volunteer! No wonder hippies are so happy!

There are two community gardens on the University campus needing your help. The first is Okeover Community Garden, located via the path leading from Engineering Rd, beside Okeover Stream. And don’t worry Dovedale, we didn’t forget about you guys this time! There is also a Community Garden on the Dovedale Campus via the road from Solway Avenue.

Check them out! http://www.sustain.canterbury.ac.nz/comm_garden/

Beautiful Identities App

Hazel Guyan, a UC graduate from 2014 has created a website app directed towards young people who suffer from mental or physical illnesses and disabilities. The app called “Beautiful Identities” provides inspiration and encourages a positive attitude from individuals coming to terms with a diagnosis. Guyan has created a community which provides support for those who need it. Here’s the full story…

If you need advice on how to cope with mental illness or a physical disability contact the UC Student Support team. They’re professionals  who want to help and you don’t need to go it alone.

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