On Your Feet at the University

February 14 / 130

University Wellbeing Team celebrates On Your Feet Day.
University Wellbeing Team celebrates On Your Feet Day.

The University’s Wellbeing team participated in On Your Feet Day Australia, which encourages employees to wear their runners to work and be on their feet at every opportunity.

The day promotes health and wellbeing through physical activity and raises funds for the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute.

The University’s participation was organised by Danielle Clayman, the Wellness@Melbourne Program Coordinator.  Wellness@Melbourne is a new program aimed at improving student health on campus through awareness campaigns and initiatives.  

As well as wearing runners to work, Wellbeing staff participated in a lunchtime team walk within the grounds of the Melbourne Exhibition Building.

Dan Persaud, Associate Director, Wellbeing, explained the importance of taking part in On Your Feet Day.

“The research demonstrates even for those adults who meet the daily physical activity guidelines, cardio-metabolic health is compromised due to sitting for long periods.  

“It’s important that in the course of our work day we stand and take regular breaks from our computers.”

Mr Persaud said there were many ways to foster healthy activity in the workplace.

“Walking to a colleague’s desk instead of phoning or emailing them, taking the stairs instead of the lift and taking standing breaks during long meetings can make a big difference to our physical and mental health.

“On Your Feet Day is a great initiative that will hopefully be expanded across the University in 2015,” he said.

More information can be found at this link: www.onyourfeet.org.au 

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