In order to promote an ethos of healthy living, Nelson and Colne College recently held its third annual staff Health and Wellbeing Day.

After classes finished for the final time this academic year, Staff from across the College received special invitations to the Health and Wellbeing Day. The event complements the work that the College is already doing with students to support the Government’s Healthy FE Initiative, which aims to promote healthy lifestyles amongst those in Further Education settings.

A full menu of events was planned for the day, aimed at promoting healthy activities and ranging from walking and cycling, to kick boxing and foot massages. A healthy lunch was also provided to all staff as a welcome break from all the activity!

Specialist Sport Psychologist Cherrie Daly, who works with several Olympic athletes, also gave a presentation to staff about the importance of a positive state of mind.

With London 2012 just around the corner, the College was also keen to embrace the Olympic spirit and consequently an Olympic Sports Day was held on the Sports field in the afternoon. Over 20 teams from departments across the College took part, with each team picking a country to support – fancy dress was optional but widely taken up with some hilarious costumes donned by enthusiastic staff! Local MP Andrew Stephenson and Councillor Paul White, who is a former student of the College, also visited the Sports Day to show their support.

Responses to the day were extremely positive from all staff; with many taking part in the activities on offer. Anita Ghidotti, Director of Human Resources and Health and Wellbeing co-ordinator said, “This was our third annual Health and Wellbeing Day and the focus was on how physical activity can enhance overall wellbeing. We take the Health and Wellbeing of all our staff very seriously and we have an active Health and Wellbeing group who meet regularly through the year to discuss issues. We were delighted to see so many staff involved on the day and the Olympic Sports Day was a real highlight!”