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This Active Canterbury list is a great resource to help kick-start those New Year’s resolutions!  Ideas include:

  • Walk or bike to work once a week.
  • Find a car parking spot further away from your office.
  • Stairs, no elevators.
  • Stop the impulse to email. Instead, get up and walk to a colleague’s desk to deliver a work message.
  • Walk 15 minutes (at 4 different times through the day) – see list for details
  • Stand while you’re reviewing your schedule for the day or reading paperwork.
  • Have walk-and-talk meetings or standing meetings.
  • Start a walking club. Meet three times a week before or after work for a 30-minute walk. Everyone starts together but proceeds at their own pace. Do it indoors and you never have to worry about the weather.
  • Instead of Friday night happy hour, how about Friday night healthy hour? Bring in wholesome snacks to share before walking over to the local watering hole for a drink. Think of all the money and junk-food calories you’ll save on bar food.
  • Set an alarm to go off every hour on the hour. When it does, get up and take a short, brisk stroll or stand and stretch – and then get back to work.
  • Bring your coffee in a thermos, and you can make your coffee break a walk break.
  • If you have a space (eg; UC RecCentre)  that would be great for yoga, Pilates or guided meditation classes, consider finding instructors to conduct classes before or after work.
  • Turn fitness into a game of tag. When you’re “it,” you must complete a walk of a certain distance or activity before passing the baton to a colleague.

Click here to see the full 51 ideas on one sheet or visit here for more workplace wellness ideas

Pink Shirt Day – competition

On Friday 20 May, the New Zealand Tertiary Education Union (TEU) is asking workplaces to celebrate Pink Shirt Day to take action against bullying.

TEU has a prize of six tickets to the movie Alice Through the Looking Glass, which it will give to the workplace that sends them the best photo of their Pink Shirt Day event.

Send your movie-ticket-winning photo to http://scr.im/emmakelly by May 24.

Bullying is a significant workplace hazard that has harmful effects on workers’ health, wellbeing and ability to do their job. Research shows that New Zealand has high rates of workplace bullying by international comparison.

Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students, David Shepherd and Travis Price, took a stand against homophobic bullying after a new student was harassed and threatened for wearing pink. Shepherd and Price bought dozens of pink shirts and distributed them to their classmates to wear the next day. The word got out online and hundreds of students showed up in pink, some from head-to-toe, to stand together against bullying. Pink Shirt Day came to New Zealand in 2009 and since 2012 has been led by the Mental Health Foundation.

Staff Only Yoga and Meditation Courses

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Staff Only Yoga

Registrations are now open for the second round of Staff Yoga 2016.

These courses are dedicated to UC staff only, with a maximum of 20 people to allow for more personalised teaching and alignment adjustments in a nice, private space. The courses run in an eight week block and start during the week beginning Monday 2 May.  Courses will be led by either John Squire or Sabine Steinegg.

Option 1 – Tues 5:15pm KA04 (Kirkwood Village)

Option 2 – Tues 6:30pm KA04 (Kirkwood Village)

Option 3 – Wed 1:00pm DW1 (Jack Mann Auditorium, Dovedale)

Meditation through Yin Yoga

Registrations also open for our meditation course. This course aims to teach you simple techniques to breathe, move and meditate to help lower stress levels and contribute to your overall health and well-being. Each practice will be taught using the Yin Yoga style, which is much slower and more mindful.  The course runs in a six week block from Sunday 28 February to Sunday 10 April at 6:15pm and is lead by the lovely Sabine.

How to register

Both Staff Yoga and Meditation are open to all UC staff members, no membership required.

To register, either pop into the Rec Centre and sign up with one of our receptionists. Otherwise you can give us a call on ext 8434 and we can register you over the phone. Payment must be taken at the time of booking.

Feel free email any questions you might have through to: Danielle.Mather@canterbury.ac.nz

UC RecCentre Staff Open Week – THIS WEEK!

Did you know that it is Staff Wellness Month?   HR co-ordinate this month, a development on the Staff Wellness Week they held last year.

As part of this month, the UC RecCentre is running a Staff Open Week – THIS WEEK!

That means, any UC or UCSA staff member can come and use the gym for free this week, right up to and including Sunday. They can also bring a friend with them for free too!

See the webpage  for all the details on how to access the centre ( bring your staff card!) and everything else you need to know!