Healthy Lifestyles

29 January 2018

The West London College Healthy Lifestyles initiative, two weeks full of activities, talks and resources to improve our students’ physical and mental health came to an end with a lively Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow in the Hammersmith & Fulham College foyer on Thursday 25th of January.  The exciting fortnight event, organized by the Student Services team, highlighted the importance of self-care when it comes to both our bodies and mind.

The team organized numerous free classes and fitness sessions including yoga classes, fitness sessions, boxercise and Zumba to remind our students about the importance of a physically active lifestyle. The College also invited guest speakers that included representatives of Prostate Cancer UK and Mentor UK, who came to speak to our student groups and answer their questions about available services.

Mental health was another central focus point as many activities centred on issues such as stress-management and addiction treatment. Sessions included ‘Real Talk Debate Club’ at Hammersmith, ‘Relationship Talk’ at Southall, ‘The Smokefree Stall’ in Acton and a ‘Mindfulness Session’ in Ealing. Students across the colleges also had a chance to watch nutrition and health-related documentaries and enjoyed the Coach Carter movie.

The Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow was supported by partner organisations and businesses including Pure Gym, the NHS Blood Donation services,  and the Hammersmith and Fulham Young Adults Drug and Alcohol Team. London By Cycle, a pop-up created in order to engage more students in cycling, provided a smoothie bike as well as their advice on active travelling in London. A live cello performance by musician Darwaaud Zepherin drew a large crowd and healthy treats provided by Kitchen and Pantry, a family business, were sold in record time.

The fortnight was very popular among both staff and students, with large groups attending all sessions in all four colleges.