Wellness

Cycling@Unimelb

Do you ride to the university? Use the Cycling@Unimelb Map to locate bike parking, bike repair stations, drinking fountains, showers and change room facilities on Parkville campus.

Melbourne University Sport alongside the Campus Services Sustainability Team host regular Ride2Uni breakfasts for UniMelb cyclists. At past Ride2Uni events, cyclists have enjoyed free coffee, a light breakfast and help with bike repairs.

Keep an eye out on the Sustainability events page for up to date details.

Melbourne Farmers Market

The Melbourne Farms Market is held on Wednesdays from 10:30am-2:20pm at Union Lawn. Purchase some delicious Victorian produce to take home, or have lunch at the market - don't forget to ask for your lunch to be served on a reusable plate, and drop off your used dishes with the Wash Club volunteers.

Meditation

Open Heart Meditation

Open Heart Meditation is offered every Wednesday from 1:00pm-2:00pm at Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre (Meeting Room 3, 251 Faraday Street, Carlton) for a gold coin donation.

    Open Heart Meditation is a gentle and deeply effective form of meditation centred around naturally experiencing the feelings of peace, joy, gratitude. This enjoyable and relaxing meditation also helps our heart to be effortlessly cleansed of negative emotions, such as anger, sadness, fear, and dissatisfaction so that we become more peaceful, joyful and able to follow our heart's own inner guidance to be happier in our daily life.

Research

Bugs and Brains: The Gut and Mental Health Study - The Bugs and Brains Study is aiming to better understand the role of the microbiome, particularly in relation to some common mental and physical health conditions. We are also interested in learning about how the microbiome is related to biological functions (such as levels of hormones and inflammation), stress, and wellbeing.

The Victorian Oral Microbiome and Lifestyle Study (Vicspit) - The Victorian Oral Microbiome and Lifestyle Study aims to better understand the bacteria that live in our mouths, and how they vary with different lifestyles, diets, and backgrounds.

Activities you could organise locally

Get together with your work colleagues and organise one of the following:

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  • Lunchtime walking groups - our campuses are stunning and Spring is a great time to get out and enjoy the flowers and sunshine.
  • Walking meetings - take your meeting outside and get some fresh air and exercise while you discuss work.
  • Meet outside to enjoy the University campus surrounds.
  • Healthy eating group - share recipes, organise a cooking class or a grazing lunch to share your home cooked meals.
  • Healthy lunchbox completion - bring a healthy varied homemade lunch with no plastic packaging.
  • Book or movie clubs.
  • Crafting groups in the park or over lunch.