Healthy Week 2020: Digital success

This year was the first time Healthy Week has gone digital and it’s been a great success!

Despite the ongoing pandemic, Healthy Week moved online with a virtual programme to help staff, students, and the wider community get active anywhere, anytime.

This year’s events included over 20 hours of live activities, plus a range of written and pre-recorded content to help improve physical and mental wellbeing.

Over 250 people participated throughout the week, with hundreds more tuning into our content on Instagram.

This year also saw the advent of a week-long challenge to see how far we could collectively travel. A combination of running, walking and cycling clocked up 1,120 virtual miles which is the same distance from campus to Venice, Barcelona or Vienna!

Embracing technology was key to the success of this year’s Healthy Week. We used the new Microsoft Teams Live function to host events, as well as four other platforms, to make them as accessible as possible.

Kate Petty, Physical Activity and Wellbeing Officer, said:

“On behalf of the Healthy Week team, I’d like to thank all the staff that engaged with, and supported, Staff Healthy Week 2020; it was the first time we’ve taken Healthy Week digital which brought about new challenges but it was great to see staff members from across the university come together to deliver and engage with the activities.”

“Now more than ever, it’s important that we consider our own physical and mental wellbeing and the activities this year were designed to support staff wherever they are and bring about a sense of positivity and community.”

Beyond the week…

But the support for your physical and mental wellbeing doesn’t end with Healthy Week. We are still committed to providing health and wellbeing opportunities for staff.

  • Digital physical activity and wellbeing classes– we are continuing to offer some virtual classes via Microsoft Teams Live for a limited period. The classes- high intensity interval training (HIIT), body weight conditioning and an upbeat class, feel good Friday- take place on a Wednesday and Friday.
  • Your Home, Your Move hub– Try these workouts and read wellbeing and nutrition blogs created by The Edge personal trainers and the Health and Wellbeing Team to support you in staying active and healthy at home.
  • Get Out, Get Active free running programmes- follow this 9 week Couch to 5K running programme and you will be able to run 5K without stopping. If you want to increase your running distance and set yourself a new challenge, try the 5K to 10K programme which will have you running a 10K within 12 weeks.