Healthy College

Hugh Baird College is committed to providing a Healthy College environment to improve the health and wellbeing of students and staff. Hugh Baird College achieved the Healthy FE College Award in September 2014. The College actively engages its staff and students in the promotion of health and well-being leading to increased performance and achievement.

Why a Healthy College?

Janine Hopewell was appointed as Healthy & Wellbeing Coordinator at the College in 2009 to help develop and promote a healthier lifestyle for all students.

Since Janine’s appointment in 2009 she has implemented a wide variety of Healthy College initiatives. These include a holistic approach to health which comprise of more than just healthy eating and activity, environmental influences and social interactions.

Janine said:

"Students and staff spend a lot of their time at the College either studying or working so it is crucial that they can be happy during the time they spend here.”

Janine added:

“Our students have also been offered a variety of health initiatives such as free breakfasts, smoking cessation, alcohol awareness, emotional wellbeing, community safety, Chlamydia screening and condom distribution. All of these programmes have been designed to help create a healthier lifestyle, which they will hopefully carry on into their working lives.”

The Benefits of Being Part of a Healthy College

So what does being part of a Healthy College mean for you? You will have the opportunity to access the appropriate advice and guidance about health & wellbeing so you can make informed choices about your health.

Studies have shown there is a clear link between Healthy College initiatives and bringing about a positive change in emotional and physical wellbeing. We are fully committed to creating an environment to improve the health and wellbeing of all the staff and students in the College.

If you have any thoughts or suggestions on how to make the College healthier and happier, please email our Health & Wellbeing Coordinator, Janine Hopewell,