Smoke Free Campus
13 February 2014
Exercise and diet are always a good starting point to make those lifestyle changes to improve our health. For some of us though, dealing with addictive behaviours such as smoking, can be a much harder task – stopping smoking is not simply about will power, it is about beating a really powerful biological addiction and needs persistence and support from patient partners and families. For those who would like support to stop smoking, our Healthy UoN Program can provide a good port of call to start you on the right track. The site offers links to web resources and a number of 'Quit Smoking' services and support groups, as well as information about the Employee Assistance Program – the University's free counselling service.
The support provided through our Healthy UoN Program goes hand-in-hand with the University's move to become a smoke free environment from 1 July 2014. This will bring us into line with other universities across Australia and the world who are working to 'walk the walk' in terms of supporting the long term health of their staff. So, from July, the majority of our campuses will be smoke free, with a small number of designated smoking areas on each campus. Further information, including 'Frequently Asked Questions', and an opportunity to provide comments and suggestions, is available at: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/smoke-free The website will be updated over the coming weeks as we move towards 1 July.
This is one of a range of great initiatives available through the Healthy UoN program – promoting greater health and wellbeing among our University community.
Now, all I have to do is tear myself away from the scenic views of 'somewhere in Russia' – I think I may actually be addicted to the luge event – to pound the pavement to Nobby's and back - I'll let you know how I get on ...