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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

Welcome to Shyanne Poutai our massage therapist

Shyanne Poutai
Kia ora
My name is Shyanne Poutai and I have recently completed my Diploma in Clinical Massage with the New Zealand College of Massage.
 
I became a massage therapist as I want to provide my clients with knowledge about self care through massage therapy, exercising/strengthening or a holistic approach.
 
I believe Massage is one of many modalities that can help reduce stress, ease aches and pains. My sessions vary in their approach from a western perspective or maori perspective. I use the concept of te whare tapa wha (the four walls of a Marae) in my practice. Depending on what each client is after I can cater to their needs for health, wellbeing and a balanced approach.
 
If you would like to book a time please go to this link and come to see me at the University of Canterbury Recreation Centre:
 
Hours: Monday/ Tuesday 12 – 8, Wednesday 11-1.30, Saturday 10-4
 
Nga Mihi
 
Shyanne
 
– Deep tissue
– Postural analysis
– Sport massage
– Strapping
– Swedish massage
– Relaxation massage
– Pregnancy massage
– Paplative massage
– Reiki practitioner

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.

Jump for health

We’ve all heard the recommended amount of daily exercise is 30 minutes, done at least five times a week. But what is the best way to get fit? High-intensity? High frequency?

Here’s your chance to find out.

PhD student Tane Clement from the School of Health Sciences | Kura Mātai Hauora is investigating how low-dose, high-frequency exercise on a trampoline affects aerobic capacity and common health markers such as blood pressure, cholesterol and weight.

Join in this research study for a chance to learn more about your health. The study involves completing 100 bounces of a trampoline three to five times a week, over a period of eight weeks. So about two minutes of exercise per day. An application will be used to record your jump height each day, with the goal being to improve the total jump height over the eight weeks.

The trampoline is located in the Robert J. Scott Atrium (Mechanical Engineering building), so is nice and convenient for anyone who comes into uni each day anyway.

If you’re interested in volunteering for the study or to sign up, contact Tane for more information>

The project is being carried out by Tane Clement, under the supervision of Nick Draper and Keith Alexander. Nick can be contacted at nick.draper@canterbury.ac.nz. He will be pleased to discuss any concerns you may have about participation in the project.

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.