Protect yourself and your whānau from flu this winter

Flu, also known as influenza, affects your whole body. Symptoms can come on suddenly and can include fever, chills, muscle aches, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath, and stomach upsets. It can keep you in bed for a week or more, and you might become very sick.

With the borders shut for over two years, we’ve been protected from Covid-19 and a whole heap of viruses, including flu. However, this means we don’t have immunity in our communities, and as Aotearoa reconnects with the world during the winter months, we’re all more at risk of catching the flu this year. There’s a real possibility of having flu and Covid-19 within a short space of time. Don’t risk it, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself and your whānau from becoming ill.

Get your flu jab
Getting vaccinated means you are far less likely to get infected, less likely to get sick, and you’re less likely to pass it on. Win win!

You can get vaccinated at your GP practice or your local pharmacy – find your closest one here>

If you are enrolled with the UC Health Centre, you can get your vaccine for free. Please be aware that there is at least a two week wait for appointments at the Health Centre due to high demand.

Stay home if you’re feeling sick
If you’re feeling a bit under the weather, or have any respiratory symptoms, the best thing to do is stay at home. Going to your mate’s party this weekend might be tempting, but you could pass the virus to your friends. Stay home, and make sure you and your mates are well enough to enjoy what winter has to offer.

When you are at home, take care of yourself and rest. You can catch up on all your lecture recordings on AKO | LEARN when you’re feeling better. 

Hygiene hacks
You can follow these simple hygiene practices to help keep you safe and stop the spread of viruses:

  • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds and dry them for 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand rub
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Don’t share drinks
  • Avoid crowded places
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then put the tissue in a lined bin
  • Keep wearing a face mask when out and about.

Are you ready to move for your mental health?

There’s no denying the evidence – exercise and movement has positive benefits for your mental health and mood.  This in turn will help you cope with stress, anxiety, overwhelm and your overall clarity.  We like to boil this down to a little mantra “Move Better. Feel Better. Think Better”.

Time  & Money – our biggest barriers can be reduced

Time & Money are our biggest barriers to getting the exercise done.  The good news is walking is free, and so is the UC RecCentre (well, free in that you’ve already paid for it in your student levy).   So, let’s kick that excuse out the door.

Time is a little more challenging, when you factor in travel, showering, general chat at the gym etc.  We’ve got a solution there too – exercise from home some of those days!  You can get the UC Rec&Sport App for FREE (as long as you have an active membership with us, which remember is also ‘free’ for students) and there’ll you’ll find a bunch of home workouts of different lengths in the OnDemand section.

Great news, our livestreamed classes will be returning to the app from Wednesday 18th May, 2022.  Simply head to the timetable section and join the livestream option from your home – too easy. 

Livestream group fitness free for RecCentre members

Not quite ready to exercise, but need a little help getting over the line?

You’re not alone!  Did you know that Sport Canterbury offers the Green Prescription service at UC?  They have staff dedicated to our UC community – and yes, it’s free!   Simply fill in a self-referral form online and they’ll reach out to you.

Ready to gym but unsure how to start?

We get it.  It can be a bit daunting to use the gym for the first time.  Why not dip your toes in and book a free 15min chat with an exercise consultant?  They can show you around the gym, answer any questions, and show you how to use the app.     You can book in over the phone or via the app.    Head to our ‘getting started’ section for more tips and advice.

Ngā mihi
UC Rec&Sport | Te Ratonga Hākinakina



Semester 1 exam type information

The mid-year examinations will be held from Monday 13 June to Saturday 25 June.

You should have received an email with your personal timetable on the evening of Friday 8 April.

The timetable for all courses is available on the Examinations Information webpage as a pdf document.

This pdf document also includes information on the type of each examination – whether your examination is On Campus, Online Zoom Supervised, Online Respondus, or Online Not Supervised.

The finalised timetable, including relevant room allocation information, will be published on the Examinations website on the last day of lectures for Semester One (Friday 3 June).

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