Healthy College Week 2012
Working with partners from local health and leisure services, the Sixth Form College organises the week to promote the benefits of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Students are given the opportunity to attend various sessions, and visit stalls in College, which provide information on optimising physical and emotional wellbeing.
For the first time this year, the week kicked off with a ‘Ready Steady Cook’ competition held in our Lecture Theatre . Based on the hit TV Cookery Show, two teams of students (the Red Team and the Green Team) competed to produce a healthy and attractive meal against the clock – with the audience voting for their favourite at the end of the session. It was a close contest but in the end the Red Team produced the winning meal of soya, ginger and garlic flavoured halal mince patties with pepper, onion and broccoli stir-fry noodles with hoisin sauce.
There was also a competition for students to submit ideas for a healthy sandwich - the winning entry being sold in the college canteen throughout healthy college week. New sessions this year also included advice for year 13 students on “Moving on to independent living”, including expert advice on living and eating healthily alongside sessions on issues surrounding drugs and alcohol and mental wellbeing. Members of our Student Association are always keen to get involved in the Week, and worked with external partners to deliver their own session on the mental wellbeing issues that are faced by young people - they are passionate about making a difference in this area.
For staff and students who like to be active there were Zumba sessions, a Dance Showcase, WII sessions run by Oldham Athletic, an abdominals workout – and a chance to Sing for Relaxation. Staff were also encouraged to leave their cars at home and run or walk to College during the week.
Shirley Rainey, who leads the organisation of the week each year, said “We try to come up with some different ideas on how to promote health and well-being every year. One pleasing development is the fact that students are now taking an active role in organising several of the events themselves and incorporating many ideas of their own.”
Jayne Clarke, College Principal, said “Our responsibility is not only to give our students a first class academic education, but also to offer them advice and guidance wherever necessary. Everyone at the College is committed to promoting improved health in this and the next generation and we believe that education has a major role to play in achieving this aim”.