Getting Richmond Healthy: Health Week at Richmond Adult Community College.

After the excesses of the festive season – Richmond Adult Community College (RACC) is hosting its first Health Week from the 16th-20th January at the Parkshot Rd Campus.

 The College has brought together a number of local health organisations including Mytime Active, Healthwatch and the Richmond GP Alliance who will be offering everything from body health checks to nutritional advice and cookery sessions.

Principal Gabrielle Flint says the event fits perfectly with the College’s focus on health, wellbeing and community engagement and said: “We are situated in the heart of the Richmond and already offer a wide range of courses that support health and wellbeing – many of which are free. It’s great that so many local organisations are joining our initiative which wants to encourage greater health awareness and to show how being healthy can be fun.”

The lunchtime sessions which are open to the public include a mixture of information sessions on subjects such as managing anxiety and sleep as well as activities including improving back care and accompanied health walks. Most sessions are completely free with minimal costs for one or two specialist classes.

RACC is also participating in a national wellbeing project researching how learning can help those people experiencing stress, low mood or difficulty sleeping. Participants can join a number of free classes and their wellbeing is monitored throughout. The project is part of the Five Ways to Wellbeing initiative which identifies learning as a key component – providing participants with a greater sense of achievement and improved confidence.

For more information about the wellbeing project or to view the full timetable of activities during Health Week visit www.racc.ac.uk or just drop by the Parkshot Campus every lunchtime next week.