Healthy lifestyles and fitness will be in the spotlight at a special interactive charity event at Writtle University College.
The Open Health Day will be held on Thursday 15 June at WUC's upgraded Recreation Centre and will showcase the exciting sports courses on offer as well as encouraging students and the wider community to make simple changes to become more active, fitter and healthier.
The event is being run by Further Education and Higher Education sports students and staff. With the focus on encouraging visitors to take part, it will give students experience of event management plus fitness and health advice-giving as they embark on jobs in the industry or further education.
They will also be raising money and awareness for the Further Education Sports students' chosen charity this year - Farleigh Hospice.
Primary schools, members of the local community and prospective students are being invited to the event. They will be able to:
Have a go at a mini obstacle course for children
Benefit from a 30 minute free personal training session
Take their bike in for an MOT and find out how to repair a puncture
Find out about kayaking and take part in a paddle machine competition with Chelmsford Canoe Club
Take up the vertical jump challenge
Eat healthy waffles, fruit kebabs and healthy snacks, with all proceeds going to Farleigh Hospice
Make their own energy drink
Undertake a physiology activity about the heart or lungs
Have a psychology Stroop test
Take part in a Wingate Test showing how much power is produced in relation to lighting a bulb
Have their health screened such as blood pressure, lung function, BMI and resting heart rate
Find out about the amount of sugar in an energy drink
Go nuts on the coconut shy - and find out about coconut products
WUC has recently upgraded the student sports facilities - which are for the exclusive, free use of students and staff - including a free weights area with new equipment; new spinning bikes, cross-trainers, treadmills and watt bikes in the gym; enhanced teaching facilities; refurbished squash courts; and a room for classes such as Yoga. There are also enhanced outdoors sports facilities such as three resurfaced and re-fenced netball courts and new floodlighting at the four tennis courts. This adds to the range of subject-specific sports facilities at WUC, from equine to cycling performance.
Amy Grimsey, Sports Development Officer at Writtle University College, said: By organising this event, we hope to encourage and support Writtle University College and the local community to take ownership of their health and wellbeing to create a better them. The day aims to promote the importance of a healthy lifestyle, give advice and demonstrations on exercise and nutrition, and provide a fun and interactive learning day for local schools/partnerships, exploring the mind and body. It also allows our students to showcase the knowledge they have gained and experience event management while supporting a local charity and community.
The sports department takes pride in shaping our students into mature adults imparting skills, knowledge and experiences to set them up for employment or university.
The event will run from 11am to 2.30pm.
WUC offers Sports courses from Further Education - post GCSE - to degree level, including Outdoor Adventure, Cycling Performance, Aerial Performance and Sports & Exercise Performance.