A new unit aimed at encouraging students and staff at the University of Cumbria to take regular exercise is being launched.
UoC Active is the name of a new Sport and Physical Activity Development Unit with a mission which aims to promote ‘healthy students, healthy staff, healthy communities and healthy lives.’
“We’re well known as a centre of excellence when it comes to training the sports therapists, coaches and trainers of tomorrow but this unit aims to encourage everyone at the university to think about health and fitness in a way that works for them,” says Tim Barry, head of Medical & Sport Sciences Department at the University of Cumbria.
Sport England’s Active Lives survey earlier this year painted a bleak picture of fitness and activity. According to the study, over a quarter of adults surveyed (11 million) admitted to carrying out less than 30 minutes of exercise a week.
“Research shows that breaking up periods of inactivity only takes a moment’s thought and in time can lead to you feeling fitter, brighter and better,” Dr Mark Christie, Senior Lecturer, Sport and Physical Activity said. “The unit aims to offer the opportunity and advice which we hope students and staff will take up, irrespective of their age and fitness. There are a wide range of activities people can do – even while sat at their desk – which can bring benefits.”
A campaign to promote fitness and activity kicks off next week (Sept 20) with incentives such as a showcase of exercise classes at both Lancaster and Carlisle sports centres as well as running and walking tours. The university hopes to recruit ‘health champions’ from all departments to help spread the word about getting fit, something Tim Barry believes will make a difference.
“We’ve a national reputation for training top class sports science students; what better way to share this knowledge among all staff and students at the University of Cumbria than through UoC Active?”
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