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Posted: 22/01/18

Getting healthier the less stressful way at college

How to break bad health habits and how to begin and maintain healthy new ones, was the message to students and staff at West Nottinghamshire College’s health and wellbeing event last week.

  • Hospitality student Ruth Ajayi tries some strawberry and mint water served by sport development and academy team leader Rob Shaw
  • The amounts of sugar present in popular drinks
  • Tasty sugarfree alternatives

Held at the college’s Derby Road campus on Thursday (18 January), the event was staged as part of a campaign to highlight good health, and hosted by the sport development team.

Representatives from a number of gyms in Mansfield and Ashfield were in attendance, to offer membership and fitness advice as well as competitions. Gyms included Anytime Fitness, Pure Gym, Active Ashfield and Mansfield District Council gyms.

Meanwhile, Everyone Active, which has more than 150 centres nationwide, were on hand to book people onto free health MOTs.

The college’s wider learning team laid on a range of healthy alternative drinks and flapjacks, which contained no sugar. Flavoured drinks included strawberry and mint, lime and lemon and grapefruit.

There was also an information stand with a range of healthy recipes that could be recreated at home, which included cous cous, feta cheese and roasted vegetables and berry bircher muesli.

Students could also find out how much hidden sugars can be found in popular fizzy drinks and fruit juices at an interactive stand.

Sport development and academy team leader Rob Shaw said: “It was pleasing to see how many people came to visit the event and get some really good healthy living advice.

“We often hear of people embarking on the New Year health campaigns and them being short-lived. This week we wanted to help people focus and stick to their healthier incentives by encouraging them to make small lifestyle changes, rather than trying to do everything at once.

“By introducing new foods into your diet and slowly eliminated the less healthy options, it can be done. We have aimed to give students examples of healthy food and drink alternatives as well as supporting them with exercise tips.”