Health and Wellbeing Day – Foresterhill

Tuesday 30th May
Suttie Centre Atrium (Level 1)
11 am – 2.00 pm

Following the success of the Health and Wellbeing day in January a second event will be held for University staff on the Foresterhill Campus.

There will be a range of sessions for staff to participate in, as well as information stands which will showcase some of the facilities and expertise available. Get involved in a number of physical activities on the day with:

  • Yoga led by our Sport & Exercise Time (advanced booking available via the Coursebooking system)
  • Resilience taster sessions
  • Rowing challenge
  • BMI analysis
  • And much more

Chat with representatives from:

  • The Rowett on healthy diets and nutrition
  • Aberdeen Sports Village about their facilities, fitness plans and assessments
  • NHS Grampian on support available to stop smoking
  • PAM ASSIST on the advice, invaluable information, specialist counselling and support available for staff.

A full schedule is available here. Please note that timings may change, regular updates will be posted on StaffNet. For more information on any of the events, please contact Naveed Qamar, Director of Health, Safety and Wellbeing.

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Spring sunshine at Foresterhill


Spring sunshine at Foresterhill photo

Staff and students relax in the sunshine on the Foresterhill Campus

Foresterhill Exercise Classes

Yoga poseAll the classes listed below are free to University of Aberdeen and NHS staff and no booking is necessary for them.

Hatha Yoga at Foresterhill
(Suttie Centre, Room 402)

Hatha Yoga is multilevel, so suitable for all abilities.  The content of the class includes physical postures, breathing practices, relaxation, and meditation.

JogScotland (Polwarth Reception)

JogScotland is group lead jogging sessions for complete beginners to advanced runners. At each session our experienced jog leaders will lead joggers on various routes around the local area.

Friskis & Svetis (Suttie Centre, Room 217)

  • When: Mondays 17:15-18:15
  • Contact:Arlene Ray (01224) 43 7754

Freskis & Svetis is a fun and sweaty class suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Made up of cardio and floor work, it’s low impact and you get to decide how hard you want to work.

Zumba (Suttie Centre, Room 217)

  • When: Mondays 18.15 – 19.15
  • Contact:Arlene Ray (01224) 43 7754

Zumba dance based exercise class for all abilities.

Aerobics (Suttie Centre, Room 217)

  • When: Wednesdays 17:30 – 18:30
  • Contact:Arlene Ray (01224) 43 7754

Aerobics is a fun and sweaty class suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

Core & Restore (Suttie Centre, Room 217)

Core & Restore is a rejuvenating, mind-body class that will leave you feeling long, strong, calm, and centered. Using Pilates method core strengthening exercises and yogic flexibility and relaxation techniques, Core & Restore is the perfect way to tone and unwind at the end of a long day. The class is suitable for all levels of ability including beginners – just turn up in loose, warm, comfy clothing. You may wish to bring along your own yoga mat and blanket, but this is not essential.

Visit the The University of Aberdeen’s Sport and Exercise web pages for more information on classes and facilities available.

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Daffodils on the Foresterhill Campus


The sculpture in the photo was created by the Japanese artist Hideo Furuta. The piece is called ‘Breathing’ and was commissioned to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in 1992.

Med-Chi Lectures: The incidence of diabetes in Scottish children

Medico chirurgical society crestThursday 2nd March
Med-Chi Hall
Polwarth Building
7 pm – 9 pm

Talk by Professor Norman Waugh, Professor of Public Health Medicine & Health Technology Assessment, Warwick Medical School

Norman Waugh (MBChB Edinburgh, DA, MRCP(UK), MPH, FFPH) is a part-time professor of public health medicine and health technology assessment in Warwick Medical School, and emeritus professor in Aberdeen. He was consultant in PHM in Grampian Health Board from 1993-1999, and professor of public health medicine in University of Aberdeen from 2003 till retirement in 2010. He is a member and former chair of the Scottish Study Group for the Care of Diabetes in the Young, and was curator of the SSGCDY register for many years.

Professor Norman WaughHis main activities in the last 20 years have been in health technology assessment, including trials. He is deputy chief investigator of the REPOSE trial of insulin pumps, and is also involved in trials in diabetic eye disease. His research interest has mainly been in diabetes, ranging from epidemiology to HTA, and he has led most of the technology assessment reports to support the work of policy-makers including NICE and the National Screening Committee.

The SSGCDY register has been used for monitoring incidence and outcomes. The incidence of type 1 diabetes in Scottish children is one of the highest in the world. This presentation will look back at trends in incidence and at variations within Scotland.

All are welcome to come to this talk. A finger buffet will be available from 6.30 pm and tea and coffee will be available afterwards. Directions to the Med-Chi Hall in the Polwarth Building on the Foresterhill Campus are available here.

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Med-Chi Lectures: Politics is nothing else but medicine on a large scale

Medico chirurgical society crestThursday 12th January
Med-Chi Hall
Polwarth Building
7 pm – 9 pm

Talk by Dr Andrew Fraser, Director of Public Health Science with NHS Health Scotland

Dr Andrew Fraser graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 1981. He was Director of Public Health in NHS Highland from 1994-1997, then Deputy Chief Medical officer in the Health Department of the Scottish Office, then Scottish Executive from 1997-2003.

Photo of Dr Andrew Fraser

Dr Andrew Fraser

He was responsible for advice on Public Health Policy, taking a particular interest in health protection matters, alcohol-related harm, health inequalities and the health of marginalised groups.

From 2003-2012, he worked in the Scottish Prison Service as Director of Health and Care.

His focus is on ways to narrow health inequalities in Scotland.

All are welcome to come to this talk. A finger buffet will be available from 6.30 pm and tea and coffee will be available after the meeting. Directions to the Med-Chi Hall in the Polwarth Building on the Foresterhill Campus are available here.

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Bodysnatchers to Lifesavers: the Med-Chi talk tonight

The bodysnatchers6th OCTOBER 2016, 
7.00pm TO 9.00pm
Suttie Conference Room (Floor 4)

Body Snatchers to Lifesavers
Three Centuries of Medicine in Edinburgh

Talk by Tara Womersley
Journalist and Medical Student

Tara has worked as a journalist for The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times and is a former health correspondent for The Scotsman.  While working as a health correspondent, she interviewed many politicians including the then Shadow Health Minister, now SNP leader, Nicola Sturgeon. Tara also spent nearly two years in Australia working for an overseas aid agency, during which time she handled the media response to the Asia Tsunami and was involved in coordinating the media launch for Australia’s Make Poverty History Campaign.

She is co-author of ‘Body snatchers to Lifesavers’, which details 300 years of medical history in Edinburgh.  The idea for the book came about while working in press and public relations for the University of Edinburgh’s College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. The book has featured in the Scottish bestseller lists and Tara has spoken at numerous events including the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Scottish History Festival and at the National Library of Scotland.  Now, no longer content with purely writing about health, she has embarked on a career change to join the medical profession. She is currently a fourth-year MBChB student at the University of Aberdeen.

A finger buffet will be available from 6.30pm and tea and coffee will be available after the talk. Directions to the Suttie Centre on the Foresterhill Campus are available here.

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