Improving Student Health and Well-being on Campus
The Healthy Campus at IT Sligo Initiative aspires to create a learning environment and organisation culture that enhances the health, wellbeing and sustainability of its community and enables people to achieve their full potential.
The pursuit of a balanced lifestyle will be valued; physical and emotional health will be fostered; all our campus community shall be encouraged and supported to take responsibility for their health and wellbeing.
Supporting Health and Wellbeing
Higher Education Institutions are uniquely placed to influence and transform society through research, teaching and learning, developing new knowledge and understanding about promoting health and wellbeing, leading by example, advocating to decision makers for the benefit of society and influencing the future decision‑makers in society.
Developing as a Healthy Campus supports the vision of a Healthy Ireland.
“Where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential; where wellbeing is valued and supported at every level of society and is everyone’s responsibility.”
Health and wellbeing can be positively or negatively influenced by the organisations and systems where people live, learn and work.
Higher Education Institutions already place a significant emphasis on the health and wellbeing of the campus community.
The recently launched Healthy Campus Charter and Framework will support Higher Education Institutions in this work.
Higher Education Campuses are a priority focus area in the Healthy Ireland Strategic Action Plan 2021-25.
Healthy Campus Charter & Framework
The Okanagan Charter
The Okanagan Charter outlines the following vision and aspirations for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges:
Health promoting universities and colleges transform the health and sustainability of our current and future societies, strengthen communities and contribute to the wellbeing of people, places and the planet.
Health promoting universities and colleges infuse health into:
a) everyday operations,
b) business practices, and
c) academic mandates.
By doing so, health promoting universities and colleges enhance the success of our institutions; create campus cultures of compassion, wellbeing, equity and social justice; improve the health of the people who live, learn, work, play and love on our campuses; and strengthen the ecological, social and economic sustainability of our communities and wider society.