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Posted: 24/09/12

Students get a healthy welcome

Students at West Nottinghamshire College are set to get top advice on health and welfare matters next week.

The ‘Healthy Welcome’ roadshows, designed for new and returning students to get advice on a range of health and fitness services, will run across three college campuses throughout Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (2, 3 and 4 October).

Learners can discover more about support provided by college’s health, welfare and safety team as well as the careers and employability team and the Students’ Union.

The college’s sports co-ordinator Colin Eley will be on hand to show students how they can improve their fitness levels through sporting activities, while college chaplain Konrad Schafer will offer spiritual support and advise students about local church groups and the Interfaith Network.

Also attending the roadshows will be the NHS New Leaf Stop Smoking Service who will be giving demonstrations on software detailing how smoking ages the skin.  

Meanwhile, healthy skin can be achieved with nutritional smoothies created on the smoothie bike. Students will have the chance to try their own smoothies which are blended as they pedal the bike.

NHS Nottinghamshire County will be in attendance with representatives from the oral health team and SeXions which is the confidential sexual health advice service for young people, which is based at The Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust.

Otherr visiting organisations will be Nottingham City Council’s Teenage Pregnancy Partnership and Hetty’s – the drug and alcohol misuse advice service – together with Mansfield District Council’s Leisure Services and DW Sport who will advise students on gym membership opportunities.

The college’s team leader for health, welfare and safety Jamie Wragg said: “At this time of year our students start back to college and often have many questions relating to careers, personal health matters or how to get involved in college activities.

“We’re delighted to be staging the roadshows together with our colleagues in the wider health community so that learners can get a range of honest, confidential advice and can discover how to get more involved in fitness initiatives to improve their general health.”