“Meet your Resolutions” at inaugural Healthy Campus Week


it carlow campus wellness week 2020Institute of Technology Carlow is gearing up for its inaugural Healthy Campus Week, which runs from 13th-17th January with the aim of fostering and promoting happy and healthy living in the workplace for staff and students alike.

January is the traditional time of year for making New Year resolutions and the aim behind Healthy Campus Week is “meet your resolutions” with a holistic programme of wellbeing enablers for both body and mind.

The initiative is being organised by an Institute-wide committee comprising staff and Students Union representatives.

Tawnya Foster, Vice-President of Welfare & Equality, IT Carlow Students' Union commented, “A couple of months ago, the Human Resources department and myself met to discuss a collaborative campaign for staff and students on wellness. The "Meet Your Resolutions" campaign was then born as we thought about the fact that many students and staff would come into the New Year with goals that they want to accomplish. We want the campaign to provide a fun way of delivering information and resources to help people reach their goals. The campaign is holistic, as some of the main goals people set for the New Year include physical, mental and financial wellbeing."

The majority of events throughout the week will be delivered by both staff and students within the institute and will be available for student and staff to attend.

Events scheduled for next week include:

  • Guided and Self-Guided mindful meditation with Fr. Martin Smith
  • Badminton sessions with Fergal Flanagan
  • Tai Chi with Mary Boylan
  • Laughter Yoga class with Mary Fitzpatrick
  • A “walking tea break” to South Sports Campus with the Sports Office
  • Free exercise group classes with the IT Carlow Health & Fitness Suite
  • Busking/singing with the Music & Band Society
  • Education & Career Information with the Students’ Union
  • Clubs & Societies Signup
  • Health & Wellbeing stand with the Students’ Union

Scheduled talks include:

  • Improving sleep with Dean McDonnell (Department of Humanities)
  • Building emotional resilience with Natalie Hogan (Department of Humanities) & Elaine Boyle (Youth Work Ireland)
  • Burnout/Fatigue with Dean McDonnell (Department of Humanities)
  • Mental Health Awareness with Department of Humanities
  • Healthy Nutrition with Department of Humanities
  • Introduction to physical activity and healthy app demo with Theresa Lowry Lehnen
  • Binge Drinking & the Effects of Drugs with Maeve Murphy

Carlow MABs will also be present to talk about money management and financial wellbeing.

Talks will take place on the ground floor of the CSB to ensure staff and students can drop in and out of the scheduled events. The full schedule will be emailed to staff and students and posted on screens from today (Fri. 10th January).

Training, Development and Engagement Officer, Rachel Byrne said: “This exciting campaign gives staff and students an opportunity to improve their health and be more engaged in the workplace and educational environment. These activities are good stress relievers and build people relationships, improve productivity, so this campaign is good for the organisation and promotes a happy healthy workforce.

“The HR department, the Healthy Campus Committee and the Students Union collaborated to bring this engaging campaign to reality. We hope all the participants enjoy the many interesting events planned.”

Donal McNally, Director of Sport, commented, “It’s fantastic to see the cross collaboration between departments to deliver and roll out this campaign for the benefit of all Institute of Technology Carlow staff and students. The Institute of Technology Carlow is committed to creating a healthy campus environment where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential.”