On Wednesday 21st October the University of Warwick took part in the One Big Thing initiative.
One Big Thing is an initiative in conjunction with partners across the city including Coventry University, Coventry City Council, Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Sport and the Workplace Wellbeing Charter. It is designed to encourage individuals to participate in 30 minutes of physical activity at some point during the day, to promote the benefits of a healthier and more active lifestyle.
The event was a huge success, with 38,334 individuals across Coventry taking part in sport and physical activity. Coventry is the first city to record tens of thousands of people being active in one day, and for the University of Warwick it is a great step in supporting our vision to be the most active campus in the UK.
Throughout the day both staff and students embraced the opportunity to be active. The University’s Registrar, Ken Sloane, led staff on a walking meeting across the campus, whilst the Arts Centre ran a hula-hoop competition, and the Chemistry Department took part in an office table tennis and skipping competition, to name just three of the activities.
This is just the beginning of our work to create an active campus. There are a huge amount of opportunities every day for individuals to get involved, and it is an important opportunity to work with the wider community in promoting the benefits of a healthier, more active lifestyle.