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Universities Step Challenge – 10,000 Step Challenge

Just like the Aotearoa Bike Challenge at the start of this year in February, we are inviting you to join in on the Universities step challenge. The challenge has been set by the team at CQ University Australia and they have invited campuses all around Australia and New Zealand to join in.  It is open to all staff, students, and anyone who is associated with UC, with official registrations of the challenge starting on 1 August (SO SAVE THE DATE!)

The challenge is simple, you need to complete 10,000 steps a day from 19 August to 29 September. As daunting as this may sound, it is not impossible. Once you take into account walking to and from office, up and down stairs, to and from meetings, and around the campus, the steps starts to rack up without you even knowing.

So who are we battling against in the challenge of the steps? Well there are a total of 12 universities across Australasia in the Universities Step Challenge.

The Australian universities are:

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Bond University
  • Southern Cross University
  • The University of Newcastle
  • The University of Western Australia
  • The University of the Sunshine Coast
  • The University of Queensland
  • Western Sydney University

The champions universities in New Zealand are:

  • The University of Canterbury
  • The University of Waikato
  • Victoria University of Wellington

Being the only campus from the South Island we need to show the others the true grit of Canterbury walking. We already won the Super Rugby so now’s not the time to slow down. Let’s keep this championship mentality going forward one step at a time as each step is in the right direction for you overall health and wellness. Jump onto our website to get more information or talk to your faculty coordinator to join the team in the challenge. If you don’t know who they are then please get in contact with me via email.

Go on, take on the challenge. EVERY STEP COUNTS!

Closing Soon – VC Awards and Health, Safety & Wellbeing Awards

Don’t miss the opportunity to put forward your application for the Vice-Chancellor’s General Staff Development Awards, or the Health Safety and Wellbeing Awards.

Applications close on Wednesday 17 July.

Please email any Vice-Chancellor’s General Staff Development Awards applications to learningdevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz, or send via internal mail to Marjorie Blake, Learning and Development, Human Resources, Level 2 Henry Field Library.

Email any Health, Safety and Wellbeing awards to health-safety@canterbury.ac.nz , or send via internal mail to Lo Botha, Health & Safety Team, Level 8, West.

2019 Vice Chancellor’s General Staff Development Awards – Applications Open

The 2019 Vice-Chancellor’s General Staff Development Awards & the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Awards are now open for applications.

For full details, and the application forms, please refer to the VC General Staff Development Awards page under the Learning and Development intranet, or Health, Safety and Wellbeing Awards page on the Health and Safety Intranet.

Applications close 4 pm, Wednesday 17 July 2019.

For any further queries, please email learningdevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz

Free Workshops – Mental Health Education and Wellbeing

The Mental Health Education and Resource Centre (MHERC) are celebrating 25 years of service to the mental health community in Canterbury.

To celebrate they are running a number of free workshops for the public. The workshops include:

  • Overcoming Daily Stressors
  • Managing High Workloads: Tips for Efficiency and Work Life Balance
  • Behaviour Change and Creating New Habits
  • What if We Could Help Address the Mental Health Crisis with Nutrients and Nutrition, presented by Professor Julia Rucklidge.

To find out about upcoming Education opportunities, visit the MHERC website.

For any further Professional Development opportunities, please visit the Learning and Development intranet.

A Fortnight dedicated to Staff Wellbeing and Self-Care

It is important to take care of ourselves in our day-to-day lives, and it becomes essential to be kind to ourselves and take time out to pause and practice some self-care in times of stress and trauma.

So, for the fortnight of Monday 29 April to Friday 10 May, you will have the opportunity to attend some lunch time sessions on various topics around self-care for you and your family.

We encourage you to attend as many of the sessions as possible, which have been planned around lunch time. Grab a drink, bring your lunch and prepare to learn and practice some techniques to enhance your wellbeing.

Free access to the RecCentre for the Self-Care Fortnight.

All staff will have free access to the RecCentre and you can bring a friend too, but you must be there to sign them in.
Contact the RecCentre for further information.

Session information:

Feeding the brain in times of stress: practical advice on how to nourish ourselves
Julia Rucklidge, Professor of Clinical Psychology
Straight-forward ways to boost your mental and emotional states via nutrition/nutritional interventions, with immediate and long-term results in adults and children.

  • Date: Monday 29 April, 12.00pm – 1.00pm
  • Location: Undercroft 101

Sleep, Health and Children
Jacki Henderson, Senior Lecturer, Psychology

  • Date: Thursday 2 May, 12.00pm – 12.50pm
  • Location: Check the intranet page for updates on venue

Staff Yoga
Sabine Claus, Group Fitness Instructor
Come and enjoy a free 45 minute yoga session.
Please bring your own yoga mat, as there will be limited mats available to use in the room.

  • Date: Monday 6 May, 12.00pm – 12.45pm
  • Location: Rēhua 529

The Benefits of Exercise for Mental Health
Stacey Niao, Sport and Wellness Coordinator, UC RecCentre

  • Date: Thursday 9 May, 12.30pm – 1.00pm
  • Location: Undercroft 101

Mindfulness – An introductory session
Ann Huggett, Registered Clinical Psychologist
Please bring a cushion or yoga mat to sit on as you will be sitting on the floor.

  • Date: Friday 10 May, 12.00pm – 1.00pm
  • Location: Rēhua 529

We are currently working on more speakers to share their expertise with you, keep an eye on our intranet site to find out more, or email learningdevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz.

If you need more information on support, please visit our Staff Support page or contact your HR Advisor.