Health fair for student teachers

27th September 1996 at 01:00
"Get a Life", students and staff at Northern College will be told next week as campuses in Aberdeen and Dundee stage the first week-long health fair in a college.

Subsidised fruit barrows in the foyers, "healthy-heart" meals from around the world, rugby and football for beginners, free health checks and workshops on stress and personal safety will be among 30 events taking place throughout the week.

Students and staff will be discouraged from smoking, drinking, eating fatty foods and using lifts unnecessarily.

The campaign was devised by a committee of staff and student representatives set up last year by David Adams, Northern College's principal.

Fiona Lavin, a member of the committee and lecturer in personal and professional development at the Dundee campus, said: "We needed to come up with an initia-tive which would not only address these individual issues, but also unite the college in taking a more positive approach to healthy and health education."

The aim is to use the week to launch a wider campaign for good health within the college and in the wider community which it serves, for example, among teachers and community workers. Grampian Heart Campaign, the police and football clubs in the two cities are among those involved.

Yvonne Dewhurst, lecturer in science and technology in Aberdeen, said: "We are delighted that the response from staff, students and outside agencies has been so positive. We are looking forward to a lively week, and it will be a strange person indeed who won't find something to suit."

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