Category Archives: Wellbeing

Are You Ready For The Challenge

The Australasian University Health Challenge is about to kick off on 19 August – today! If you haven’t signed up yet then head on over to website to get your step by step instructions on how to be involved. Join the other 113 other University of Canterbury participants who have said yes to the challenge.

If you still need some more motivation on joining then have a look at our Facebook below. You can have a chance to win a brand new Fitbit Charge 2 worth $269.99.

The challenge is not only just for steps either. You can record other forms of activities such as biking, swimming, or even volleyball. As long as you are physical active you can add it to your daily step count through the online physical activity to steps converter.

Remember keeping consistent and motivated is always better with a friend. Find someone who will keep you accountable and this challenge may change your life.

What to do if a student needs help – support services available

As UC staff we are all responsible for looking after the pastoral care of our students, as well as supporting our colleagues.

Occasionally you may be approached by a student seeking support or help with a specific issue – it’s important to remember students are more likely to speak with someone they trust or are familiar with and to respect that trust.

If a student approaches you for advice or is in distress, there are a number of UC resources to help you ensure they get the support they need. For information on providing support visit the website>

UC takes very seriously the wellbeing and education of our students with the aim of creating a campus community where students feel safe and where they belong.

EAP Newsletter – August 2019

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) has released their latest newsletter.

The focus in this edition is on Financial Wellness and includes articles written by members of the Authorised Financial Adviser (AFA) team within EAP.

Topics include:
– Why Financial Wellness is so important
– Using the Financial Wellness Meter in the EAP Now app
– Tips to manage your KiwiSaver scheme
– How to easily measure and track your own Financial Wellness

EAP Financial Advisers are available for UC staff to access as part of our agreement with EAP.  These sessions, as with all EAP sessions, are confidential and free.

Access the newsletter here.

Australasian University Health Challenge (10,000 Steps)

AUHC

Yesterday (1 August) marked the first official day for signups on the Australasian University Health Challenge. If you haven’t heard much about it then visit our website for a bit more information.

In short there are 12 universities from Australia and New Zealand, challenging each other to see who can get the most steps from August 19 to September 29. So we invite you, your friends, colleagues, students, and anyone with two legs to join us in feeling healthier whilst beating the Aussies.

Why are we doing this challenge you may ask? Well less than 20% of Australian adults reach the recommended level of 10,000 steps per day on average. What is more shocking is nearly half (49%) of all New Zealand adults do not achieve at least 30 minutes of physical activity on 5 days or more per week according to the Ministry of Health annual update 2013/14. That there is a shocking number! Multiple studies have shown that physical activity and exercise can help lower cholesterol, improve cognitive function, improve blood pressure, and bring happiness. With all these benefits this challenge is literally a walk in the park.

Join up by visiting our website or heading to the 10,000 steps page

UC joins Shielded Site Project to help victims of domestic abuse

UC has added the Shielded Site icon to the bottom footer section of our website where it will be visible on every UC webpage.

The project, led by the Women’s Refuge, provides a way for victims of domestic violence to ask for help. The Shielded Site provides resources, such as what to do if you are in danger, how to make a plan to get out, how to be safe online, and where to go for more support and information.  

What makes this window special is that it does not appear in the browsing history of the web browser you’re using, meaning that it can be accessed without fear that an abusive partner might discover what has been looked at.

Many victims of domestic violence live in fear of their every move being monitored, online as well in person. The Shielded Site provides a safe haven for accessing help.

Many NZ organisations have joined the project including ASB, The Warehouse, Stats NZ, Trade Me, Countdown and NZ Post.

You can learn more about the Shielded Site Project here.