On Saturday 27 September RGU hosted the inaugural Fit for the Future Fayre. The Fayre was the brainchild of the Healthy University Steering Group, who wanted to raise the profile of the group and engage with staff, students and the wider community.
As well as showcasing the University’s own healthy initiatives, the Fayre was supported by local charities, student associations, and other local groups. Aramark, Robert Gordon’s catering providers, ran a healthy BBQ which was a sell out success!
On the day we were blessed with beautiful weather, luckily for those situated outside! I think all who attended would agree it was a great success. The Get About bike roadshow attracted a lot of attention and proved to be great fun, with every kind of bike imaginable available for adults and children alike to have a go. We also welcomed the Smoothie Bike from the Edinburgh Bike shop, which was very popular, with cyclists producing their own smoothie by pedalling away on the static bike. A bouncy castle and sumo suits allowed young (and old) to let off steam, but guided tours around the Campus walk routes were availablefor those looking for more gentle exercise, and for some relaxation there were Mindfulness sessions run by Steve Smith.
RGU: Sport kindly provided free Family Yoga sessions, and also free taster sessions of the climbing wall which proved extremely popular. Following the end of the Fayre, families were invited to join a free Family Swim session in the RGU: Sport pool.
Inside the Riverside East building, many stalls were available for Fayre goers to browse. These included the Fat Body Slim exhibition, a 3D Mobile Body Scanner, charity stalls from Childline, Cornerstone and Inspire, and student association stalls: Nightline, the Mental Wellbeing Society, Nutrition Society, Go Green, the Gaming society took their Wii Fit which was a big hit with the children, and the African Caribbean Society. All provided lots of interest for the public.
There was also an opportunity to try ‘Desk Aerobics’, with the instructors Natalie and Kirsty decked out in full 80’s lycra get up. This was a popular event and it is hoped to be able to roll it out as a regular university class for those interested.
Aramark, in conjunction with the North East Scotland College, put on a Cook off event entitled ‘Heaven or Hell’ – the opportunity to see chefs cook the same dish in both an indulgent and a healthy way, showing that healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring eating.
Last but not least a Face Painting stand meant that there were a lot of colourful children around the event – this was a hugely popular attraction and the one woman band manning the stall did a sterling job keeping everyone happy.
The Healthy University group would like to extend their thanks to everyone who made the day such a success – it took a lot of hard work behind the scenes but the positive comments received from the public made it all worth while. It is hoped that this will now become an annual event.