Healthy Sydney University
Healthy policies and practices
Healthy Sydney University aims to create a university that promotes health and wellbeing for all. We seek to support healthy people, build healthy places, and create healthy policies and practices.
Since 2012, we have brought staff and students together from across the university to find ways to improve the health and wellbeing of our community. We do this through our 4 working groups, which meet on a monthly basis in the Charles Perkins Centre to discuss ideas and strategies in the areas of healthy eating and nutrition, physical activity, and mental wellbeing.
The Chair of Healthy Sydney University is Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn.
Healthy Sydney University also provides small amounts of seed funding each year for interested staff and students to implement innovative approaches and ideas that are informed by the most recent evidence and research.
Applications for 2015-2016 seed funding are now open and close on 31 August 2015. Please click here for more information.
How can I be involved?
- Join and participate in Healthy Sydney University working group
- Contact us if you would like to receive our monthly newsletter, or request a Healthy Sydney University poster and flyers for your office, meeting room or on campus space
- Read our 2013-2014 Yearbook for inspiration and ideas for projects
- Apply for seed funding for 2015-2016 from Healthy Sydney University. Please ensure you read the Project Information Pack before applying.
Planned Projects and Initiatives for 2015
In 2015, Healthy Sydney University is working to:
- Roll out an exciting online system for University of Sydney students, which uses the latest apps and e-tools to promote wellbeing
- Increase the availability of fresh fruit in our campus food outlets
- Trial healthier options in our vending machines in library and study spaces
- Organise a ‘University Cycling Challenge’ to promote cycling for staff
- Develop healthy catering guidelines for University events
- Support the creation of a University travel plan that is about healthy and sustainable travel to and from our campuses
- Trial standing desks in lecture theatres for students
- Support more Mindfulness workshops, training and research for staff
- Encourage University staff to sit less during meetings by taking standing breaks or organising walking meetings
- Promote good oral health and nutrition choices for our students.
Achievements in 2013 and 2014
- Travel and physical activity behaviour survey of 3700 staff and students, published in 2013 in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
- Mindfulness-based stress-reduction pilot program for staff with Safety, Health & Wellbeing and Brain and Mind Research Institute
- Kilojoule labelling project with the University of Sydney Union at Manning Grill, with results reported by the Sydney Morning Herald in May 2015
- Nutritional project by Masters of Nutrition & Dietetics students evaluating the healthiness of our vending machines on campus
- Stair use study to encourage stair use in University buildings
- Review of the literature to improve mental wellbeing for university staff and students
- Food environment intervention collaboration with Cumberland Student Guild
- Graduate Attributes Project - you can read our concept paper here.