Belong and Grow Week 13-17 May 2019


Join up to this wellbeing initiative organised by Learning and Organisational Development.  It is a week long series of  activities and events open to staff and students. The aim is to give people the opportunity to sample new experiences and thereby enhance their wellbeing and widen their appreciation of diverse ideas.

Click here to find out what’s on offer and to sign up for a workshop, session or activity

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Focus for December: good relationships are the foundation of good mental health



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Staff Wellbeing Zone

The University of Kent Staff Wellbeing Zone is being launched today 1st November 2018

For more information follow the Link

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Extremely Hot Weather

‘It’s a scorcher!!!’ to quote The Sun, (even more appropriate!).


The temperatures have been rising for some weeks now. Many of us love this hot weather but all of us find it’s very different having to work in these temperatures rather than simply lazing on a sun-lounger with occasional dips in the pool.


Here are the NHS Tips for Coping in Hot Weather:

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.
  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
  • Listen to alerts on the radio, TV and social media about keeping cool.
  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.


Links to other advice on managing health in the hot weather:

Met Office Heat Health Watch

Public Health England Hot Weather Health Warnings 2018

NHS Choices: Heatwave: How to Cope in Hot Weather

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Help to Give Up Smoking

Sometimes there are things we really want to do but know they will be really hard so it stops us even trying. Giving up Smoking is one of those things.  It can be easier with assistance or doing it with a friend.

NHS Stop Smoking will be on Campus running clinics on Monday afternoons for 7 weeks from 08 January 2018. The clinics will be held in Occupational Health in Keynes College.  You can have a 1:1 session or you can come along with a friend or two.  NHS Stop Smoking provides most smoking cessation products (at the cost of a prescription or free if you are exempt) alongside the support of their fully trained adviser.

Come on….make 2018 your year to pack in the evil weed!


For details on how to book an appointment follow this link:

Quit Smoking

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What’s going on ‘downstairs’?

With an ageing population and the effects of today’s lifestyle, urology conditions, diseases and cancers are becoming more prevalent. The Urology Foundation is spreading knowledge of urology health, breaking down the stigma associated with many of its conditions and persuading people to talk about these issues. 


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World Hepatitis Day (WHD) takes places every year on 28 July and brings the world together under a single theme to raise awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis and to influence real change.


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What is One You?

Around 40% of all deaths in England are related to everyday habits and behaviors – such as eating too much unhealthy food, drinking too much alcohol, not being active enough or continuing to smoke. They also cost the NHS more than £11 billion every year.  By encouraging the nation’s adults to take control of their health by eating a healthier diet, drinking less alcohol, exercising more, and quitting smoking, One You will help them enjoy longer and healthier lives.


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Sun Safety

It’s time for us to get our annual dose of sunshine!! But make sure you take care while you’re out basking in the rays- too much sun can make you unwell.  Click on the link below for more information?


Email Links: Staying Healthy in the Sun




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Summer Snack Inspiration

It’s BBQ season and we’re all looking forward to a jug of Pimms in the sunshine. But just because the sun’s come out, it doesn’t mean healthy eating has to go out the window. Try some of these delicious hot weather treats…


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