Howest attaches a lot of importance to the health of its staff members and students. That is why we have elaborated a health policy that we now call ‘Healthy Howest’.
With ‘Healthy Howest’ we want to raise awareness among our staff and students about the importance of healthy choices and offer them the possibility to make those choices easier.
‘Healthy choices’ of course suppose healthy food, but we also pay attention to all other aspects that influence our health. Both the physical and the psychological and the social well-being are central in our approach. The actions we develop therefore focus on the nutrition pillar, but also on the movement and mental well-being pillars. Therefore we base ourselves on the knowledge and expertise of the Howest study programmes Sports and Movement, Applied Health Sciences, Applied Psychology and Social Work.
Below you can read how we coach our students in setting up health initiatives under the name of ‘Healthy Howest’.
The Applied Health Sciences study programme organized a health fair in the fall of 2018.
The objective? Help participants to take charge of their health.
Also in the field of healthy nutrition, Howest is not sitting on its hands. Obviously, we offer balanced meals in our student restaurants, but we also learn students how to cook healthy food.
We do so by means of workshops in cooperation with the Liberale Mutualiteit. Have a look here how these workshops are organized.
In addition to the candy vending machines, Howest also wants to offer healthy snacks on the campuses.
At the moment, a pilot project is set up on Campus Brugge Station - RSS 5 and Campus Kortrijk Weide - GKG 5. You want to know more about the Fruityou vending machines?
The Sports and Movement study programme organized low-threshold movement sessions for the staff members in the fall of 2018. These took place in Bruges and Kortrijk under the themes of ‘Bewegen zonder zweten’ [Movement without sweating], ‘Sporting Howest’ and ‘Zeg dag tegen sedentair gedrag’ [Say bye to sedentary behaviour].
In addition, the students organized a step-counting competition over the study programmes and services. This event was won convincingly by Team Kathy.
The psychological well-being of our students also gets full attention within Howest. The Social Work, Applied Health Sciences, Applied Psychology study programmes and Stuvo combine their efforts on Buddy & Mind.
That project trains our own students into buddies. With the handles they are offered, the buddies can support their fellow students and possibly redirect them (for example to the psychosocial guidance of Stuvo).