Wellbeing @ Monash and Monash Sport newsletter – September 2016

September 28th, 2016 by nbucker

Browse the Timeout newsletter for information on what’s new in Wellbeing at Monash. Read about the latest Wellbeing and Monash Sport events, services and activities. For information about latest events, special offers, discounts, and news, subscribe to the newsletter by emailing wellbeing@monash.edu   In the September edition:

Wellbeing Events and News

We’re stepping upto the challenge!

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Participants got together to celebrate day one of the 10,000 Steps Challenge at the Global Walk Run event on Thursday 8th September.  The event, held across all campuses and sites was a great success and also provided a great opportunity for staff and students to support RUOK day, a time to ask your family and friends how they’re doing.
The 10,000 Steps Challenge, this year being offered through Stepathlon, has taken on a different look with participants encouraged to get their teams together and walk, cycle swim etc to achieve at least 10,000 steps a day,  over a longer 10 week period.  Participants have also taken advantage of the many new functions available on the Stepathlon website including the ability to track up to 12 activities, check out the online Food Swap Program, Calorie Counter, League Challenges, or Rewards and Competitions programs.

Participants got together to celebrate day one of the 10,000 Steps Challenge on Thursday 8th September at the Global Walk/Run.  The event, held across all campuses and sites was a great success and also provided a great opportunity for staff and students to support RUOK day, a time to ask your family and friends how they’re doing.

This year over 2,300 participants have started their virtual walk in Rio De Janerio and will be travelling virtually around the world for 75 days. Participants encouraged to get their teams together and walk, cycle, swim or whatever they choose, to achieve at least 10,000 steps a day!  They’re will also be a great opportunity to win some prizes, so remember to wear your pedometer and keep logging in your steps.

Participants are also encouraged to take advantage of the many new functions available on the Stepathlon website including the ability to track up to 12 activities, check out the online Food Swap Program, Calorie Counter, League Challenges, or Rewards and Competitions programs. At the time of our newsletter, the teams in the lead were:

  1. Zheng and Mutton
  2. Social Walkers
  3. Slowpokes

Congratulations to the top three participants who have achieved the highest amount of steps since the challenge commenced:

  1. Dragisa Karac
  2. Glenda Wright
  3. Colin Free

World Heart DayWorld Heart Day

World Heart Day is coming up on September 29th. It’s the perfect opportunity to draw everyone’s attention to the fact that heart disease is on the rise, and at an alarming rate.

Just a few simple steps such as having a healthier diet, cutting down on alcohol and stopping smoking can improve your heart health and your overall well-being.  Monash University has a range of services that can assist in improving your wellbeing such as the SWAP program, Free QUIT courses for smoking and campus walks

So get started today.

Ride to WorkRide to work

It is that time of year again where the weather is getting warmer and people are getting back on their bikes.  National Ride2Work Day, held on 12 October 2016, is the largest celebration of commuter riding in Australia. Monash University is a proud supporter of Ride2Work Day, celebrating the benefits of riding and bringing the Monash cycling community together. It gets people who have never ridden to work before to give it a go, and helps frequent riders to stay motivated and encourages their workmates to get involved. To sign up for your local campus event use the links below

Cancer Council Study- More men needed!

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If you’re male, the Australian Breakthrough Cancer (ABC) Study needs you! The ABC study aims to help discover new ways of  preventing cancer.

Over 23,000 people have already registered for the study but at least 50,000 are required for the best research outcomes. To date, only about 15% of participants are males – the aim is to achieve closer to 50%.

To see if you’re eligible and register for the study click here.  Every little bit can help in the fight to prevent cancer.

Try for 5 – National Nutrition Week: 16-22 October

We all know we should eat 5 serves of veg a day…   But did you know the average person only eats half that?

Take the pledge here and sign up to aim to eat 5 serves of veg a day. Nutrition Australia will support you with daily emails containing delicious recipes, clever ideas and inspiring new ways to add veg to your day.

It’s the fun and motivating way to boost your diet and kick start healthier habits!

When do you eat your food?


Want to improve your diet? Try time-delayed eating — ordering (or at least choosing) your food long before you plan to eat it.

A series of experiments at Carnegie Mellon University found that when there was a significant delay between the time a person ordered their food and the time they planned on eating it, they chose lower-calorie meals.

For more information, click here

Give Blood- Australia Red Cross Blood Service is coming to Clayton campusred cross

Make an appointment today and give blood on Monday 17th of October at Building 74, 8 Scenic Blvd Clayton campus.

Remember before giving blood:

  • drink up – in the 24hrs before donation, especially in warm weather, and have at least 3 good sized glasses of water/juice in the 3 hours prior to your visit.
  • eat up    - make sure you eat something in the 3 hours before donating.
  • bring ID – please bring at least form of photo identification.

Monash Sport News, Events and Offers

Help Us Improve in 2017!

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In order for Monash Sport to continue to provide our members with the best service possible we are conducting research into Monash Sport’s role in the student experience at Monash University. The survey is now open and should only take 5 minutes. Your input is greatly appreciated!

Head to the survey here.

Stress Less Is Best!

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Whether you are completing an assignment or work project, this can be a busy time of year. Check out these helpful hints to ensure you don’t run yourself into the ground here.

Facing your fears – a motivational story

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When Susan Berg was 15 years old she encountered something many of us will never have to go through, losing her family in one tragic accident. While out on a boat trip with her parents and brother their boat suddenly sank. Susan, desperate and cold, swam ahead in the darkness to try and find help for her and her family. After 4 hours of struggling through rough seas in the dark Susan finally made it ashore. Her family tragically did not.

Since that boating accident that claimed her family’s lives 30 years ago Susan has fiercely avoided both swimming and open water. But now, as part of her journey of self-healing, Susan is ready to take on her fears by swimming the world’s largest open water event- the Lorne Pier to Pub- in January 2017. click here

Video: Monash Sport – Active bodies, vibrant minds

View this short video to see how we want to help you to maintain an active body and a vibrant mind.

Monash Sport Activewear!

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We have new merchandise on sale now! Singlets, t-shirts, shorts, gym bags, towels, drink bottles and hoodies are all available from the Monash Sport Clayton Service Desk. Members can have a 10% discount on all apparel items, make sure you don’t miss out! - Singlets $25 – T-Shirts $25 – Shorts $35 – Gym Bags $30 – Towels $10 – Drink Bottles $14 – Hoodies $55

TeamMONASH Events and News

Monash Graduate Wins Paralympic Gold
Men and Women's Cross Country

World number one para cyclist Carol Cooke rides home in glory once more after bagging double gold in the Rio 2016 Road Race and Time Trial. Read more here.

Monash To Play For First Ever League Of Legends Gold

Men and Women's Cross Country

The rapidly growing field of eSports will make its Australian University Games debut in 2016 when Monash University play Queensland University of Technology in the final of the Oceania University League of Legends Championship. Read more here.

Melbourne Marathon

Join TeamMONASH on October 16 for the Melbourne Marathon! Get a group of friends together and run or walk with your fellow students and staff through the city, including the beautiful and scenic botanical gardens. Not only is this a great workout and social event, but it is also for a great cause to help raise funds for breast cancer research.

Click here to register and find out more about the event.

Men and Women's Cross Country

Around the Bay

Around the Bay, one of the biggest and most popular cycling events, is back again this year. Put yourself to the test and ride anywhere between 20km to 250km while also taking in the spectacular views of Port Phillip Bay.

For more information click here.

Handcycling Silver For Alumnus Stuart Tripp

Stuart Tripp describes what he does with two words: ‘go hard’, and that was the attitude he took with him all the way to a silver medal in the men’s H5 Class Handcycling Time Trial at the Rio Paralympics. Read more here.

Monash Students explain why they represent Monash…

Watch BioMed student and former Melbourne Victory player Jessica Au discuss why she plays soccer for Monash University

Click here for the video

Watch our Cheerleaders fly high and discuss why they cheer for Monash University

Click here for the video

Employee benefits and discounts

AdiCentre Discount- 29th September-1st of October


40% off storewide for Monash staff and families at 21/35 Dunlop Road, Mulgrave  Offer valid until the 1st of October, to attend make an appointment on (03) 9263 5276

Need a holiday? Join the Travel Club


Travel Club is a private leisure club which gives you access to amazing holiday deals and discounts to destinations all over the world. Backed by the global Flight Centre Travel Group, Travel Club offers Monash University staff access to the best deals together with a dedicated, highly experienced consultant. As a member of Travel Club you will have access to specially negotiated holidays, products and services tailor-made for you. And, as a bonus, all Monash University staff who register will receive a $50 gift voucher upfront, and one every year after that, to put toward their next holiday*. With Travel Club’s “Price Promise” you can be sure you’re getting the very best price, Travel club will beat any available quote you find*, that’s how committed they are to ensuring you have the best value experience every time you travel. So register today and start planning your next trip. *Terms and Conditions apply..

Discounts on Magazines

Magshop (ACP Magazines) offers a 10% discount on titles such as APC, Australia PC User, Australian Geographic, Cosmo, Money, Motor, Wheels and more.

Other discounts available to staff

  • Green Thumbs Gift- 10% discount on flowering plants and herbs
  • Lite n’ Easy – 7 day meal pack discount
  • Hot Air Ballooning-15% discount

Visit employee benefits and discounts for staff for more information