Campus kickstarts healthy habits Operation Transformation has kicked off across the campus with a range of initiatives aimed at helping people to achieve a more healthy lifestyle. Weigh-ins are taking place every Tuesday for the duration of Operation Transformation in the Health and Wellbeing Suite between 10.30-11.30 am. During the first week, 30 people weighed in at 307 stone. At the end of the campaign, an overall weight will once again be announced to see how much weight was lost collectively across the campus.
Information Officer Jane Keenan is driving the initiative, and is actively seeking participants for Tuesday and Thursday walks around the perimeter of the gym. The walk (or run) takes place from 12.30pm to 1.25pm and all are welcome - even if you didn't weigh-in. Meal plans are also available from the RTE website, and come with a full list of ingredients to follow from week to week. For anyone wishing to join in communal exercise in their free time as part of an exercise regime, local park runs offer a free timed 5km every Saturday at 9.30am in parks all around the country. The park runs can be completed by walking, jogging or running. "The key is that they are timed which can help you set yourself a goal," Jane Keenan says. "Remember your goal may not be about time but may be how good you feel from when you started to exercise. Evidence shows exercise is good for physical and mental well- being, and is easier when starting an exercise program to do it in a group/organised setting."
To find your nearest parkrun click here.
Last year was a busy and fruitful year across the campus in Oberstown. A round up of just some of the developments and achievements that took place during the year are captured here. During 2017 42 modules of training were delivered; colleagues trained as Gaisce President Award leaders; colleagues graduated as CISM peer support workers and more are currently in training. There were a wide range of positive events held on campus including Well-being Week, the Oberstown first birthday BBQ, the community Christmas party, and an event to present Gaisce awards to five young people - an Oberstown first. Also during 2017, Oberstown launched its strategic plan, communications plan, and a held a conference: Building the Future. Last but not least, well done to the young people for raising almost €2,000 for charities including: The Irish Cancer Society, the St Francis Hospice, and and the Christmas shoebox appeal. Here's to a 2018 that is just as productive!
CISM training video filmed in Oberstown An e-learning module relating to Critical Incident Stress Management was filmed over a full day in Oberstown at various locations during January. Pat Bergin, Bernadette Raleigh and Cara Driscoll (pictured above with the film crew) were interviewed and actors were used to depict real-life experiences of care staff who have experienced significant stress as a result of critical incidents. It is envisaged that the video will assist staff in understanding what CISM is, how it works, and how important it is as a tool to deal with workplace stress. Stay tuned as the video will be rolled out over the coming months. Reminder: if you wish to speak with a member of the VHI Employee Assistance Programme information or counselling team the service is available 24 hours a day- 1800 995 955. Peer Support Workers are available as support following critical incidents on Campus. See softworks for contact details for the peer support team.