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‘Walking the talk’: The university as a healthy setting Emerging Health Policy Research Conference 2 October 2014 HEALTHY SYDNEY UNIVERSITY Elly Howse.

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1 ‘Walking the talk’: The university as a healthy setting Emerging Health Policy Research Conference 2 October 2014 HEALTHY SYDNEY UNIVERSITY Elly Howse | Senior Project Officer

2 We know the key risk factors for poor health… 2

3 …so what are we doing about them? 3

4 Healthy Sydney University 1.Healthy people -Skills & capacity building -Enabling & empowering 2.Healthy places -Creating supportive environments (physical; organisational; cultural) -Promoting existing health services 3.Healthy policies -Advocating for evidence-informed changes to policy -Embedding health into our core business: our teaching, learning & research 4

5 Our areas of interest ›Healthy eating & food choices ›Increasing physical activity & active travel ›Improving mental wellbeing of staff and students ›Embedding health within our University policies so our initiatives are sustainable and far-reaching 5

6 The Ottawa Charter (1986) 6

7 Our Approach ›Informed by the idea of a ‘healthy university’ (Tsouros et al, 1998) ›Settings-based health promotion (Dooris et al, 2006) ›Primary prevention – interventions for an ‘already well’ population ›Population-level – not interested in individual behavioural change interventions 7

8 Our 5 guiding principles 1.Evidence-informed and evidence- generating 2.Collaboration 3.Holistic view of health and wellbeing 4.University-wide engagement at all levels 5.Population, settings-based approach 8

9 Healthy People ›Collaboration between Nutrition & Dietetics and the University of Sydney Union ›kJ labelling on Manning Grill menu ›Results: students who were aware of the kJ labelling bought approximately kJ less than those who did not use it 9 Manning Grill Energy Labelling Project (2014)

10 Healthy Places ›HSU and Charles Perkins Centre collaboration ›Measure change in stair use ›8-10 locations across Camperdown campus ›Signs designed by Sydney College of the Arts students 10 Stair intervention project (2014)

11 Healthy Policies & Implications for Policy ›Previous successes in the policy arena: -Smoke Free Environment Policy (2012) ›Some upcoming opportunities: -New Strategic Plan for the university being developed in Food and Beverage Policy; Catering Guidelines -Design Standards Policy (Campus Infrastructure) -Assessment Policy; 24 Hour Study Spaces -Graduate Attributes 11

12 Projects for 2015 ›Fruit & Vegetable Consumption Intervention ›Catering Guidelines ›Cycling Challenge ›Ways to decrease sedentary behaviour of students in lectures ›Online survey of staff food preferences and choices ›Nutrition Choices & Oral Health (Faculty of Dentistry) ›hAPPiness Central online wellbeing resource for new students Past projects include: Global Corporate Challenge Evaluation; Travel and physical activity behaviour survey; Mindfulness-based stress-reduction trial for staff. 12

13 Your feedback ›Contact: Elly Howse, Senior Project Officer Level 6, Charles Perkins Centre P: (02) E: ›We are interested in developing collaboration across the university and with community organisations, NGOs & government to support healthier people, places and policies 13


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