Healthy Sydney University

Healthy people

Healthy places

Healthy policies and practices

Healthy Sydney University aims to create a university that supports health and wellbeing for all.

Since 2012, Healthy Sydney University has brought staff and students together from across the university to find ways to improve the health and wellbeing of our community. We take a comprehensive and integrated approach to supporting our staff and students to be well through a focus on healthy eating, physical activity, and mental wellbeing.

Healthy Sydney University seeks to support healthy people, build healthy places, and create healthy policies and practices. We provide small amounts of seed funding to staff and students to implement innovative approaches and ideas that are informed by the most recent evidence and research.

The Chair of Healthy Sydney University is Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn.

How can I be involved?

  1. Join a Healthy Sydney University working group
  2. Contact us if you have an idea for a healthy initiative we could support or if you would like to receive our monthly newsletter
  3. Talk with your colleagues and students about possible initiatives or projects that could be run in your faculty, school, department or organisation
  4. Read our 2013-2014 Yearbook for inspiration and ideas!

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 and social engagement
  • Increase the availability of fresh fruit and vegetables in campus food outlets and healthier options in our vending machines
  • Organise a ‘University Cycling Challenge’ to promote cycling for staff and students
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nutritional project 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.