Mmmmm Minestrone

Here’s a soupa special recipe for you! Technically its actually more like a stew than a soup, but I couldn’t miss the opportunity to use that great pun! My mum is always cooking this at home, and it’s really satisfying in this colder weather.


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic or 1/2 a tsp minced garlic
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 1 potato
  • 1 small leek (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp dried herbs
  • 2 cans of tomatoes
  • 4 cups of vege stock
  • 1/2 cup cooked pasta (spiral works well)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • Can of beans or chickpeas (optional)


  1. Heat oil, and cook onions, garlic, carrots, celery, dried herbs and leeks (if using), for 15 minutes.
  2. Add tomatoes, potato, vege stock and beans or chickpeas. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, until potatoes are cooked.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and season to taste.

Serve with crusty bread if you like! Enjoy! 

Workout options on campus

We all know that a certain level of physical activity is an absolute must to a healthier life and improved overall well-being. Yes, it’ s expensive, exhausting and time consuming to work out but fortunately there are plenty of options on campus to help reduce the stress of the idea of working out.

A part of your student levy goes towards the campus Recreation Centre, which offers plenty of options to choose from including BAT, combat, Pilates, pump, spin, step, step basic, super circuit, Tabata, yoga, Zumba and even personal training (phew!).

If you like your choice of physical activity to be less stertorous and set in an informal workout environment there are plenty of options for that too. Meet with the Karate Club at Dovedale to practice, or join the Yoga Club to show off your skills on Ilam Fields, or even join the meditation crew on campus. There are plenty of martial arts, sports and leisure clubs on campus and a list of them can be found here.

If none of these sound appealing and if you’re after something that’s off campus and away from all the familiar faces, Jellie Park is a good option and we all know what it has to offer – a swimming pool!

So take your pick and get focused on getting healthy and staying there.

The Health Centre’s top tips for staying well in winter

Click to learn more about the Health Centre

Click to learn more about the Health Centre and their tips

At UC we’re really lucky to have such great services available at our Health Centre, which is located right on campus – I certainly took full advantage of the services when I was a student.

With winter fast approaching (seriously, how did summer end so abruptly?!) I decided to talk to some of the staff at the Health Centre to share their top tips for staying healthy and taking advantage of their services, especially with exams coming up. They suggest:

  • Seeking health advice before it’s too late if you’re feeling under the weather
  • Balance yourself – burning the candle at both ends and living off caffeine isn’t good for you
  • Eat a nutritious and well balanced diet as best you can
  • Check that your vaccinations are up to date – measles is a current issue, and the flu vaccine is available from April
  • Consider seeking advice if you are feeling very anxious or stressed – the Health Centre offers clinics that teach relaxation and coping techniques so you can look after yourself
  • See a nurse for things like travel vaccinations and advice, blood pressure checks, diabetes care, asthma care, sexual health, diet and lifestyle advice, smoking cessation, and accident treatments such as dressing changes or burn treatments

If you haven’t already, you really should enrol at the Health Centre. If you’re a domestic student, GP services are free in most cases. There’s nothing worse than getting sick when you’ve got assessments due, so take care of yourself by being proactive about your health!

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