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Aotearoa Bike Challenge

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge runs throughout February and you are invited to take part!

It’s a fun, free competition where we’re competing to see which workplace and departments can get the most staff to try cycling. There are loads of prizes that you can win by riding and encouraging friends and colleagues.

If you haven’t ridden in years, don’t worry! You only have to ride a bike for just 10 minutes or more for your participation to count towards our team’s score. And you can ride anywhere, anytime during the Challenge (doesn’t have to be a trip to work!).

If you already ride – you already know how enjoyable riding is and how good it makes you feel. So here’s your chance to get your workmates to experience how easy and enjoyable riding can be.

Get involved, it takes just two minutes to register. Go to www.aotearoa.bike click ‘Register’ at the top of the page and join our team https://www.lovetoride.net/nz/companies/13952 !

Give it a go and help us pedal our way to victory!

Register here.

UC Health Centre closure – holiday period

UC Health Centre is closing at Thursday 21 December, 12 noon and reopening on Monday 22 January 2018. The Centre is closed longer than usual for the summer holiday period to accommodate internal building work.

Patients can receive health advice whilst the Health Centre is closed by phoning +64 369 4444 (including international students registered with UC Health) and will be transferred to a Registered Nurse for health advice.

Domestic patients that are enrolled at any medical centre in the Canterbury District Health Board area can access free under 21 years of age consultations for contraception, including emergency contraception, from Riccarton Clinic or Moorhouse Medical. Note: you must request ‘under 21 consultation’ if applicable.

UC Health Centre team

Four reasons why an exercise buddy is a great idea

We all know how good exercise is for our body and mind, but it can be a real challenge to maintain interest and prioritise it, especially as we get busy. It can be daunting, it can be exciting, it can be many things to many people. Whatever you’re feeling about exercise, doing it with a friend, colleague or family member might be the solution to increase your motivation, and here’s why….

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1. It’s more fun exercising with a friend
It’s hard to get bored if you have an exercise buddy, and it will help the time pass quickly too.

2. You can build new friendships
Perhaps you have a team member or work colleague who is showing a vague interest in starting an exercise routine? Commit to a plan together and you’ll have something to talk about as you get to know them during your workout sessions.

3. You’re more likely to stick to your commitment
It’s not a nice feeling being stood up, nor letting someone down by not turning up. So, having an exercise buddy means you’re less likely to bail on the workout with lame excuses.

4. You might learn some new ideas
Variety is one of the keys to sticking to a plan, things get boring after a time. Your exercise buddy might have some interesting ideas to try out that you don’t know about. It’s fun learning something new and maybe less reason to quit.

There are of course plenty more reasons, these are just our top four! For a simple start, try scheduling a walk during your tea breaks or lunch break (or all three!) with a colleague. Make these non-negotiable to ensure you get some healthy movement into your day. Even a 5-10min jaunt will see you refreshed when you’re back at your desk!

If you’re keen on starting at the gym, we’ve got an awesome summer special starting 1 November, available for purchase throughout November. Check out our specials page for more info. Memberships are available to everyone, not just UC staff and students, so you can bring your exercise buddy with you!

Not sure if we’re the right gym for you?  Fair enough! Why not request a 7 day guest pass and try it out? Passes are available to anyone (yes, non-UC staff too!) who hasn’t been a member with us within the past 12 months.

Enjoy these blissful summer days coming our way!


Fascinated with health? Simulation Centre Tour

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UC supports the vision of a Health Precinct in Christchurch that integrates health care, population health, industry services, research, education and innovation in a world-class environment that attracts and retains top talent and delivers outstanding health outcomes. Partners include the Canterbury District Health Board, the University of Canterbury, ARA and the University of Otago.

You are warmly invited to the University of Otago, Christchurch, Health Showcase.

Sunday, 1 October, 1pm to  5pm, University of Otago, Christchurch, building at 2 Riccarton Ave (on the Christchurch Hospital campus).

Tour the labs, visit the medical Simulation Centre (where students and other health professionals practice skills before using them in real-life medical situations), watch a debate hosted by Gary McCormick called We can all live to 120 years old and talk to our researchers.

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The Health Precinct is an area within the city dedicated entirely to testing, fixing and discovering new ways to improve the wellbeing of the Christchurch community.  Read more>