Wellbeing @ Monash and Monash Sport newsletter – August 2016

August 23rd, 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 August edition:

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Registrations are open for the 2016 Monash 10,000 Steps Challenge

Registrations for the 2016 Monash 10,000 Steps Challenge: ‘Around the World in 75 Days’ are now open, and will close on 31 August 2016. This year the challenge is a little different, and will run for 10 weeks commencing on 8 September.

The 2016 challenge will be facilitated by Stepathlon, a year-long employee wellness program focused on achieving better physical and mental health through fun, engaging and sustainable activities.

In this year’s program, participants will form teams of five (5), including team captain (instead of teams of eight as in previous years).  There are also some great new features including the ability to:

  • Access a great range of additional motivational and engagement tools such as contests, challenges, quizzes, resources etc.
  • Directly sync from devices like Fitbit, Garmin, Google Fit, Moves, etc,
  • Convert up to 12 activities including swimming, cycling, weights and yoga etc
  • Win some great prizes by earning step points when filling in daily quizzes
  • Enter weekly competitions and go into the draw to win some great prizes
  • Continue to track your steps until August 2017 to challenge yourself

The challenge is open to all Monash University staff, students, family and friends at the subsidised cost of $15 per person which includes entry into the challenge, access to a hub of resources and advice, and the opportunity to win prizes through weekly competitions. A new BUDD-E pedometer will also be available if requested during team registration.

Many University faculties and divisions are supporting the program by subsidising the cost of their staff registration fees. Remember to talk to your manager/director before registering your team to find out if there is an allocated cost centre/fund for you to use.

For more information or to register your team, visit www.monash.edu/wellbeing

Register today for the Monash Global Walk/Runglobal-promo-image

Spring is coming – and so is Monash University’s next Global Walk/Run event!

Staff and students across all Monash campuses are encouraged to sign up and  join in the fun on Thursday 8 September.

Monash Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner will kick off the event launching day 1 of the new-look Monash 10,000 Steps Challenge. This year, the Challenge is set to keep teams of staff and students active for 10 weeks, providing some healthy competition along the way. So don’t forget to get your team ready and sign up before registrations close on the 31 August.

Getting active in the Global Walk/Run will also put you in the running for some great prizes, as well as a FREE healthy lunch at the finish line. You can also take the opportunity to connect with your colleagues and friends along the way and donate a gold coin to support RUOK?, a national day of action inspiring all Australians to ask family, friends and colleagues, ‘Are you okay?’

Women’s Health Week, 5th-9th of September

Womens Health week 2016

Come and join us on Monday 5th of September  at Clayton Campus Cinema at 12:00-1:00 for Women’s Health Week presentation

Jean Hailes General Practitioner, Dr Deidre Bentley, will be presenting the session which will include topics on body image, healthy weight, exercise, mental health and looking after yourself at any age.

Free gifts are available for the first hundred to attend

To register click here

R U OK? Day- September 8th

R U OK?Day is a national day of action and a reminder to regularly check in with family, friends and workmates.  This year, we’re encouraging everyone to reconnect with someone they’ve lost touch with and to make more time for the people who matter to them. Why? Because quality time with those we care about makes it easier to start a meaningful conversation.

We encourage staff and student groups to promote the day by;

Getting a group together and host an activity

This could be a BBQ, a letter writing table, a team sport – anything that brings your group together to provide time to connect with each other.

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Register your event

Jump on the Monash R U OK? Day website and let us know what you are up to. (see Plan your event section).  We have a limited amount of merchandise which can only be given to events we know about.

Promote your event

Posters, flyers and plasma screens available for download from the Monash R U OK? Day website (see Promote your event).  Uses whatever forms of communication work for your group ie. Social media, newsletters etc


A small starter pack will be allocated to groups that register their event on our website.

For Monash resources and information about our events see monash.edu/ruokday or contact Clare Swanson (clare.swanson@monash.edu)

Daffodil Day August 26th

This Daffodil Day, why not get involved to support those who are affected by cancer.cancer council daffodil day

  • You can order a merchandise box and place it in a prominent position,
  • Hold a ‘yellow’ event by organising your very own healthy Daffodil Day breakfast, guest speaker, auction, raffle, competition or other fundraiser.
  • Make it a ‘yellow’ day by asking staff to wear yellow for a donation.

For more information visit http://daffodilday.com.au/get-your-work-involved

Monash Sport News, Events and Offers

We lit up the night at Winterfest!FruitAddicts fruit box

Thousands of members from the Monash community ventured out into the cold for Let It Glow Monash last Friday night, the final event for Winterfest 2016. Monash University students, staff, alumni and their families didn’t allow the chilly weather to deter them, as Monash Sport opened its Clayton campus facilities for a night of neon lights and fun activities, featuring the Light Up The Night walk / run to celebrate the opening of the Monash Tan!

See more highlights here!

Mega Swim

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This year Monash Sport is excited to be holding the MS 24 Hour Mega Swim. The 24 hour event, which sees teams of swimmers in the water for 24 hours, is aimed at helping raise much needed funds for people living with multiple sclerosis. So get a team together and join in the fun as we aim to raise over $20,000 for a great cause.

For more information about the event and how to get involved click 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 in Motion
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Monash University is excited to announce ‘Monash in Motion’, a community event hosted in conjunction with Monash Council. ‘Monash in Motion’ is a part of the inaugural ‘City in Motion’ event for Australia, which will see our world-class facilities open to the local community and staff and students of the University to promote health and well-being. This will involve a range of programs and events, including sports matches and come and try fitness classes, held on campus and the surrounding areas.

Read more information here.

Monash Alumna Preparing to Run India!Men and Women's Cross Country

Monash Alumni, Samantha Gash, is preparing to undertake an incredible journey, running 3800km across India! During her 76-day span Sam will run an average of 50km a day, the equivalent of a marathon every day. This incredible journey of hers is all in an effort to raise funds for children’s education, a great cause to get behind.

To find out more information and follow Sam’s journey click 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.

Monash Students compete at the World University Championships

Monash University Physiotherapy student, Brodie Nankervis has just returned from competing at the World University Orienteering Championships in Miskolc, Hungry. Brodie was selected to represent Australia at the competition after finishing 5th at the Australian University Orienteering Championships. It is fantastic to see Monash students competing on the world stage, Congrats Brodie!

Monash University Arts/Law double degree student, Matthew Goessler, this month competed at the World University Tiathlon Championships in Nyon Switzerland. Matt finished 36th in the World, an amazing effort from an up and coming triathlete. Congrats Matt!

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

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