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Healthy Body Healthy Mind Award

Healthy Body Healthy Mind Award

The Healthy Body Healthy Mind Awards have been a benchmark for educational institutions where physical exercise, mental wellbeing and healthy lifestyles are actively encouraged and supported as part of the overall student experience.

The Students Association was granted 4 Stars for 2016-17 which is a huge achievement and provides evidence that West Lothian College Students Association is driven to support students on their journey, wherever that may take them in future.

We already have amazing resources available and this year’s team are passionate about students and staff getting the most out of what exists already as well as creating inspiring campaigns to drive the general wellbeing of students and staff towards a healthier mental and physical lifestyle, prosperity and success.

Participating in the Healthy Body Healthy Mind awards is a fun and positive way to give structure to our campaigns and showcase what we can do as a Students Association and a College.

In most areas of life striving for optimal productivity is having a negative impact on mental and physical wellbeing as people push themselves to achieve more and more. People being more conscious of taking time out to breathe, relax, recharge, refuel and energize their bodies and minds will enable West Lothian College students to set good habits in place before they go on to pursue their chosen career.

As part of Healthy Body Healthy Mind, we want to empower individuals to make a positive change for long term gains. The biggest challenge we face is combatting lifestyle apathy and inspiring the change that is needed.

We want to encourage physical activity in those demographic groups who are not traditionally engaged in sports which will be at a level which is accessible to all. A student may not be physically fit enough to run a marathon but do they know how many times round the courtyard it will take to walk a mile? They will do very soon. Getting their body moving could improve muscle tone, assist in weight loss, improve cardiovascular and lung function which will oxygenate their body better, improve sleep quality and hone concentration. Regular exercise can make them feel better, brighter and lighter which will impact on every aspect of their lives, studying too!

Another challenge will be making the campus a healthier place to study. We want to change the culture in the classroom to keep bodies active and to keep the mind sharp. Something as simple as a lecturer adding a physical activity into the lesson plan will engage the students more in the subject matter, appeal to different learning styles and keep the blood pumping. Staff should not miss out, meetings could have a physical element to keep the brain ticking over and do they always need to be inside?

We want to change how students view themselves and how they value themselves. Everyone studying plans to be successful but some forget to look after what is most important, their own wellbeing. We want students to be more aware of their toxin intake through poor diet and smoking by offering healthy food options and support to stop smoking. We want students to realise the importance of relaxation, stress reduction and that ever illusive ‘me time’. We want to highlight the tool kit to take time out from the pressures of life and remember how to live using techniques like mindfulness. Some groups can find difficulty in finding the balance of work and rest- student parents, single parents and carers need extra support to unwind. We want to signpost this support and reach out to those who could make small changes which will create a big impact on their day to day.

Our Students Association are driven to support students on their journey, wherever that may take them in future. We already have amazing resources available and this year’s team are passionate about students and staff getting the most out of what exists already as well as creating inspiring campaigns to drive the general wellbeing of students and staff towards a healthier mental and physical lifestyle, prosperity and success.

An enthusiastic interdepartmental team is being set up by the Student Association with representatives from Scottish Student Sport, students and institution staff who are all driven to inspire change. The Students Association are looking to co-ordinate the efforts across campus as the link between staff and students and drive the efforts of the team members, supporting activities, policy creation and using our vast communication network to raise awareness and levels of participation.