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Healthy UL

It is the ambition of UL to be a leading university in the promotion of Health and Wellbeing, supporting our 16,000 students and staff.

Do you want to get away from COVID 19?

Do you want to meet new people or do things with your friends?

Tired of being on screens all the time?

Do you want to be healthier?

If you answered yes to any of the above, watch out for Healthy UL’s COVID DOJO.

Starting after Christmas.

Fun, challenges and interaction, and oh did I say there was going to be some prizes?

More information, and how to register for COVID DOJO 

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If you are here because you are looking for information about COVID 19, check out the first 3 tabs.

If you are looking for more tips on how to promote your health and wellbeing, check out our 6 Wellbeing Suggestions. These are updated periodically, so come back and visit to get recommendations throughout the semester.

More detailed information on the work of Healthy UL is available under the Framework download button and from the themed buttons below.

 

UL COVID-19 info

If you are looking for information related to the University, and how the institution is adapting and responding to the pandemic please visit the dedicated UL COVID pages. 

Get Away Zone

Student Life has established a site specifically where students can unwind and get away from all the messages about the coronavirus.

Wellness Seminars

Human Resources has initiated a series of wellness seminars for staff. These provide opportunities to link in real time with colleagues and receive expert advice and suggestions for how to keep well.

 

 

6 Wellbeing suggestions 

 

Healthy Environments

Liz Gabbett, a recently graduated Master’s student, played a key role in the University of Limerick becoming a partner in the All Ireland Pollinator Plan. Check out this recent webinar for lots of ideas of how to promote biodiversity.

The key message is that we have to provide food, shelter and safety for our pollinators.

See even more suggestions of how you can support biodiversity.

Sexual Health and Wellbeing

Sexting means sending messages, images and videos of a sexual nature.

You should never feel pressured to send a sext. If you’re in a situation that makes you uncomfortable or another person keeps asking you for sexts, don’t be afraid to block them.

Find out what to do if someone sends you an unwanted sext.

Addictive Behaviour

If you would like to be sociable without using alcohol why not try rustling up some ‘Mocktails’, - these are cocktail recipes without the alcohol. Here is one for the festive season.

 

Non-alcoholic Mulled Wine

  • 500ml pomegranate juice
  • 25g golden caster sugar
  • Handful of frozen blackberries
  • 250ml apple juice
  • I cinnamon stick
  • I star anise
  • 4 cloves
  • 3 black peppercorns
  • 1 orange, sliced

Method

  1. Put all the ingredients in a saucepan.
  2. Heat gently until simmering.
  3. Taste for sweetness, then strain into heatproof glasses.

Mental Health

One of the ways to promote your mental health is to develop good time management skills.  This Matrix suggests you manage your time better by prioritizing your efforts.

Healthy Eating

To help you reach your five-a-day why not try these festive Grinch Kabobs. Younger members of your household might enjoy making these or other healthy fruity snacks.

Physical Activity

 

Aerobic activity is great to boost your energy levels but you also need to strengthen your muscles. Adults should do muscle-strengthening activities that involve all major muscle groups on two or more days of the week.

Muscle-strengthening activities include:

  • Lifting weights
  • Working with resistance bands
  • Climbing stairs
  • Hillwalking
  • Cycling
  • Push-ups, sit-ups and squats
  • Heavy gardening

LIMIT the amount of time you spend sitting down!

 

Healthy Environment

Health and the environment are inextricably linked and approaches to improve both are deeply complementary

Addictive Behaviour

Ensuring UL develops and implements supports and protocols that reduce the stigma of addiction

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Learn more about the supports and resources available to UL staff and students mental health and wellbeing

Sexual Health and Wellbeing

Good sexual health means making sure you have the knowledge, skills and ability to make informed sexual choices and act responsibly to protect your health and the health of others.

Healthy Eating

The promotion of the health and wellbeing of the university community (staff, students and visitors) supported by the development of sustainable research programmes in nutrition and health.

Physical Activity

What are the recommended levels of physical activity to maintain and improve health?