Middlesex University (UK): www.mdx.ac.uk
Facilities: Real Tennis Court, 2 x 7-a-side 3G Astroturf pitches, 3 Multi-Use Games Areas (tennis, netball, basketball, cricket nets, football), Bouldering wall, 4 x Outdoor table tennis tables, Fitness Centre, Dance / Exercise studio
Health promotion of the University:
The university has a Wellbeing Steering Group which has a remit to support initiatives to promote staff and student wellbeing. There are traditional exercise class programmes, but also some fun events like fun run, sports day, bubble football, squash evening, golf day to activate students and staff. With the “Healthy Campus Week”, the “Health Fayre” and the “Weight Management-Program” the university wants to raise health awareness, show the benefits of physical activity for health and support students and staff. They provide various free opportunities for students and staff to take part in the sports/ physical activity programme and information about health. Participation in sport is generally a healthy activity, but is not the main motivation for participation. Healthy activity is one that is undertaken by the participant with a main motivating factor, to deliver some health related goals, e.g. increasing the number of steps walking, with a view to achieving weight loss. The focus of the university is to support the finding and achieving of these goals.
Selected health promoting physical activities
- “Healthy Campus Week” provides a programme of activities which are designed to raise health awareness, the benefits of physical activity for health, and to provide various free opportunities for students and staff to take part in the sports/ physical activity programme. Activities include free access to the fitness centre, free health assessments, going round staff offices and taking blood pressure of staff and providing feedback, free neck and shoulder massage, organised lunchtime walks etc.
- “Health Fayre” with numerous public health agencies (e.g. British Heart Foundation, Diabetes UK) to come in and provide information to the University community;
- “Weight management” programme – supervised gym sessions and nutrition advice
Imperial College London (UK): www.imperial.ac.uk
Facilities: Sport hall, climbing wall, squash courts, swimming pool, sauna, steam, jacuzzi,
gyms, treatment rooms, rowing centre (gym, physio room, boat storage for 90 boats), astro turf hockey, 15 football,5 rugby,4 cricket,3 lacrosse pitches, outdoor sports and social centre (sports hall, squash courts, tennis courts, snooker, pool rooms, rifle range)
Health promotion of the University:
The university offers a great number of different sport activities and also a great number of facilities because health promotion is also included in the strategy of the university. But the aim of the university isn’t only to activate students and staff in physical activity, the aim is to create lifestyle changes. The goal is to motivate the people to incorporate movement into their life, reduce stress and lose weight. The university also understands the way of getting healthy is also collective and that the support of others is important.
Selected health promoting physical activities:
- Some healthy eating and healthy living week promotional events
- GO Fit campaign: the GO Fit campaign is a 10-week team challenge where teams of 5 people support each other towards a very simple goal to MOVE MORE. The concept of GoFit is to ‘move a little more, feel a little healthier’. As it’s a team challenge, you have support from your group and work together as a team to achieve your goal and collect movement minutes.