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3 reasons why student wellbeing is important

University can be a scary place. You’re living on your own for the first time, the work can be stressful and sometimes it can become a bit much. As a third year student, there are countless occasions in which I have just wanted to be at home with my parents, or wanted to stop having so much work. It is completely normal.

The key to ensuring that you don’t sink under the stress, is to talk about it, and have your distractions. With so much to do in Canterbury, there is always something you can do to take your mind off things. The beautiful coffee shops, activity days at places like Escape Kent, the beaches nearby, places to go out drinking – the list goes on. Your wellbeing is the most important thing, here are five reasons why:

1. To keep on top of your university work

As hard as it can be, the biggest goal of coming to university is getting your degree. The incredible amount of support at CCCU for students that are struggling is incredible, so if you are struggling, talk to your personal tutor. They will be able to give you encouragement as well as any assistance you might need.

2. To make sure you get the most out of university

As well as achieving a degree, university has so many more functions. You shape life-long friendships, make incredible memories, amazing job experience and usually come out as a much different person than when you first came in. It is so important that university is an amazing experience for everyone who goes, so do your very best to get the most out of it.

3. So people can learn from you

Social media, being the massive influence that it is these days, if you’re at university, you could be showing prospective students who you have on your friends list what university is all about. If you’re happy and healthy, people will learn from you.

Health and wellbeing is becoming more and more important and recognised. At Canterbury Christ Church University, there is so much help on hand if you need it. You are never alone. The Student Wellbeing Fayre is on 21st April 2017.


By Amanda Elliott, Communications Officer 

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January resolutions: how eating healthy can keep your mental health positive

In recent years, eating healthy has been associated with maintaining your mental health. As a contributing factor that not many people actually know about in more detail, here is how healthy eating can bring you closer to healthy living:

Some figures:

It has been predicted that in the UK and other industrialised countries, we will eat more than 4 kilograms of additives every year. This is due to food’s available in shops that are, ideally, a lot quicker to prepare, as they are either half way made for us with a selection of unhealthy ingredients, or they simply just need to be heated up. This is called processed food. These kind of foods have resulted in us consuming a lot less fresh, nutritious, local produce. In the last 60 years, there has been a 34% decline in vegetable consumption, with only 13% of men eating their 5-a-day, and only 15% of women eating theirs.

The facts:

  • Foods that are high in sugar naturally give you a surge of energy as they are absorbed quickly in the bloodstream – meaning that once this surge is over, we are left feeling tired and low. A sugar comedown, if you will.
  • Foods like vegetables, fruit and wholegrain cereals are more filling, as the natural (and much healthier) sugars from them are absorbed into the bloodstream a lot slower. This also stops the possibility of mood swings.
  • These foods contain thiamin (B1), which has been closely associated with the control of mood. Zinc and folate have been proven to improve the mood of participants with depression in a number of studies.
  • Eating lots of vegetables has been closely associated with preventing the onset of Alzheimer’s later on in life – proven in a number of studies.
  • Bloating and discomfort, caused by fatty foods like burgers, pizza and chips can lead to low moods. Have vegetables ever made you feel uncomfortably full?

The facts are endless. By all means, still eat sugary foods every now and again. That will not hurt at all, it’s about maintaining balance. Fad diets have been proven to only be a short term fix for weight loss, but maintaining a balanced diet and exercise is a sure fire winner to keep the weight off for good.

Happy January!

By Amanda Elliott



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Sustainability facts: benefits of lavender

The popular and worldwide spread plant we commonly know as lavender, originates from the most ancient times. There is proof that it has been used even since Antiquity, when people knew it as a wild plant. However, the Middle Ages is when lavender started to be cultivated. Lavender requires minimum care but it needs a lot of sun and well-drained, sandy or gravelly soils. This is why it can be found in abundance in the southern regions of Europe and especially in the Provence region, in France.


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Stay hydrated: how to make a smoothie in a watermelon

We’ve all seen those cool Instagram photos which picture perfectly tanned people sipping a smoothie straight from a watermelon. Not all of us can get that perfect tan but we can easily check the watermelon part off our list in a few easy steps. Continue reading

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Benefits of cycling

Not only that cycling is fun but it has great health and environmental benefits. Cycling boosts your bowels, your immune system and it helps you burn calories.What is even better is the fact that cycling offers you all these health benefits without putting as much pressure on your legs, knees, ankles and feet as running does. Continue reading

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Recipes: Healthy drinks

As we discussed in a previous blog post, water is a vital part of life and it is really important to stay hydrated. Today’s blog post is about the fact that staying hydrated can be fun if done right. This doesn’t mean that you can drink sugary drinks because even if they are advertised as healthy they are not. What you can do, is prepare your own naturally flavoured drinks to help you drink more water. Have a look at some of this “fancy water” recipes: Continue reading

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The importance of water: stay hydrated

Air and water are the most essential elements for survival. An average adult is around 60 to 70 percent water and the body can go for almost two months without food but you can’t survive without water for more than a few days. Not to mention that water helps the body to operate its most vital functions like: blood circulation, regulating the body temperature, waste removal and the metabolism but water is needed for many other reasons as well.

When you feel thirsty it means that your body lost between 1 and 2 percent of the total amount of water and that you are already in the early stages of dehydration so don’t ignore your body signals and drink water. Some  of the other effects of not drinking enough water are: dizziness, dry skin, constipation, headaches, bad breath, sugar cravings and concentrated (darker) urine.

Dehydration can occur any time of the year on any weather but in summer is a lot easier to dehydrate because of the hot weather, so take a bottle of water with you wherever you go especially on hot days. Preferably drink plain, still water because sugary drinks and anything that has artificial sweeteners, colours and flavours added will do you more harm than good.

Next week we are going to publish a post about some healthy drink recipes you should try if you find it hard to drink just water so keep an eye on our blog.


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SGO: Organic food and organic farming

With the organic trend gaining popularity, you have probably heard a lot of people talking about organic food. However, I was not sure what exactly the trend is all about and I decided to do a little bit of research about it. So, if you are curious too, please carry on reading.

Generally speaking, organic food is the product of organic farming, a farming method which originated in the early 20th century. Organic farming may include different practices in different countries, but it is mainly based on using fertilizers of organic origin, such as manure, green manure, bone meal or compost. Organic farming also relies on natural pest control and it also fosters insect predators. A good example of insect predators are birds, lizards and even spiders. Organic farming also involves crop rotation which avoids the overuse of certain minerals from the soil. Organic farming then, is more considerate of the environment because organic food is usually not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or synthetic food additives.

But now the question is, can you get organic food cheaper than you would get it in a supermarket? The answer is yes – if you grow it yourself. If you can grow your own fruits and vegetables at least in the summer time, you could pretty much meet some of the most important requirements of organic food. You can easily use compost so that means natural fertilizers, have some bird friendly water fountains around to encourage them to hang out in your garden and eat the unwanted insects. Also, don’t kill the inoffensive spiders or reptiles because they are not harming your crops but they are eating the insects which are and this is how you will get natural pest control.

If you have any more ideas for how you can maintain an organic garden, let us know in the comment box bellow. Happy gardening!

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SGO: Sustainable Seafood

The notion of sustainable seafood emerged in 1990 as an answer to overfishing and destructive fishing methods.Sustainable seafood refers to seafood which is caught  or farmed in ways that take into consideration the long-term vitality of harvested species, the well-being of the oceans, but also the livelihoods of fisheries-dependent communities.

Knowing what you eat is important not only for the environment but also for you. This is why it is important to choose sustainable food and you can easily recognize it after the label. Look for The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) label  which represents sustainable fishing or for the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) which certifies sustainable farmed fish. Luckily, our university sales only MSC certified seafood, so at least you know that you can’t go wrong if you buy your sushi from campus. However, if you are buying fish from a regular supermarket, take into consideration the fact that Sainsbury’s and M&S were awarded with gold through the supermarket seafood survey, for the seafood they sell, while The Co-operative was awarded with silver and Waitrose with bronze.

If you want to take  even more action against overfishing, diversify your choices. The five most exploited fish are: Cod, Haddock, Tuna, Salmon and Prawns. So why not choose Coley or Pouting over Cod and Herring or Sardines over Tuna? Another thing you can do is look for the fish pot caught or hand lined, methods which have a lower negative impact on the environment.  In case you are buying farmed seafood, choose seafood from organic farms, which have a lower stocking density and higher environmental standards. Moreover, it is good to avoid eating deep water fish, such as sharks and other animals with a longer lifespan, because they have a slower reproduction process and it is easy to over exploit them. Also, exploiting deep water fish can harm sensitive species, which may never recover, like the cold water coral.

Think twice before you buy!


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SGO: Get into the ‘green scene’

With the constant stress of looming deadlines and essay writing, doing anything to reduce the stress is something us students are always on the hunt for. Well, look no further as there is a very simple thing you can do to help reduce that stress and the secret is… surround yourself in natural beauty.

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