About DCU Healthy
DCU Healthy is a university wide initiative to promote the health and wellbeing of the DCU campus community and to establish DCU as a health promoting university. We aim to develop a culture and learning environment that has health and wellbeing at the core, encourage collaboration, empower individual responsibility, promote healthy lifestyle choices and develop best practice to inspire healthy behaviours. We believe the healthier choice should be the easier choice and are committed to creating a healthy culture.
We aim to empower you to get the most out of your college experience and optimise your own health and wellbeing. We raise awareness of health and wellbeing through initiatives, events and resources. On these pages you will find information on student health, including healthy eating, physical activity, mental health and alcohol awareness. You will also find information on the supports available to you here on campus should you need them.
The establishment of DCU as a healthy campus contributes to a better student experience and academic success. For staff it can contribute to greater satisfaction, productivity and a place of work enabling individuals to thrive and reach their full potential. It places health and wellbeing at the core of the university and provides knowledge and skills for individuals to make healthy life choices all areas of their lives. DCU Healthy works towards the university being a health promoting university as endorsed by the Okanagan Charter on Health Promoting Universities (2015) which defines :
‘Health promoting universities and colleges infuse health into everyday operations, business practices and academic mandates. By doing so, health promoting universities and colleges enhance the success of our institutions; create campus cultures of compassion, well-being, 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’.
What do we mean by Health & Wellbeing?
Health is defined as a “state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease” (WHO, 1948). Well-being is an integral part of health and refers to quality of life, coping skills, working productively and being happy and comfortable.
How is DCU Promoting Health & Wellbeing
To establish DCU as a Health Promoting University we aim to:
- Understand the current health and wellbeing provision on campus.
- Identify the health and wellbeing needs of the DCU community.
- Increase awareness of health & wellbeing and inspire personal responsibility.
- Engage stakeholders, collaborate and take action to improve health & wellness for the campus community.
By 2022 DCU will be recognised as a university that champions and promotes the health and wellbeing of its shared community.
A DCU Healthy Campus strategic plan is currently being developed by a Universite wide Steering Committee. An audit of all health and wellbeing activity is also being conducted to inform the strategy and to identify gaps in service provision.
The DCU Healthy initiative aligns with:
- DCU Transforming Lives & Society Strategic plan, 2012-2017
- Healthy Ireland A Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing, 2012-2025
- HSE’s Health Promotion Strategic Framework (2011)
- Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges, 2015
- Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion, WHO 1986
Our Action Areas
DCU Healthy has identified priority action areas. These areas are distinct, yet complimentary and have working groups that develop initiatives and influence strategy using a range of individual, social and environmental actions.
Think Healthy | Mental Health & well-Being
Eat Healthy | Nutrition & Healthy Eating
Move Healthy | Physical Activity & Active Transport
Breathe Healthy | Smoking
Live Healthy | Alcohol
Feel Healthy | Sexual Health
Are you a DCU student or staff member interested in health & wellbeing? We'd love to hear from you! You can be involved with by DCU Healthy by:
- Becoming a member of a working group
- Organising a health & wellbeing initiative
Please get in touch with DCU Healthy Health Promotion Officer, Caroline Mahon on E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: 01 700 6416