The Wellbeing Focus Week (or month) has become enthusiastically embedded in the University College Utrecht programme, usually occurring in autumn of each year, and is intended to encourage long-lasting good habits in students’ approach to welfare and health.
During these weeks a ‘menu of events and activities’ are organised to raise awareness of important health-related issues and help students might take better personal and collective responsibility for their mental, physical and social wellbeing on a longer term.
The UCU Wellbeing Week has been taken up by a central team of Utrecht University students as the model upon which to base a university-wide version.
Ongoing programme of events through year
Whilst the Wellbeing Focus Week contains some one-off events to raise awareness and inspire good habits, many of the events recur through the year and is complemented by. a wider programme of events These events are primarily (but not exclusively) coordinated by the Wellbeing Team. Some examples are:
A programme of ‘Let’s Talk’ evenings (now called Living Room sessions) – peer- and alumni-led discussions on wellbeing-related themes designed to lower thresholds for talking, and to highlight resources available (e.g. anxiety, healthy eating, dealing with social pressure);
- Pre-exam dog-petting events on campus, in partnership with the community;
- Meditation, yoga and mindfulness classes on campus;
- Opportunities to get involved in public engagement initiatives, in which students can contribute directly to the quality of life of needy members of wider society;
- Sports and recreation programs (marathon training, rock climbing, gym promotions, cycling excursions, team practice in football/hockey/volleyball/etc…);
- Dance and music sessions both on and off campus;
- Arts and craft sessions;
- ‘Life Skills and Values’ workshops led by teachers and alumni;
- Bicycle tours to areas of nature, rest and recreation.