A healthy body will help you keep a healthy mind while studying. Take a look at this section to help you manage your physical wellbeing while at AUT.
For health information about COVID-19, including advice on masks and face coverings, check out our COVID-19 advice and support page.
Learn about what happens to your body when you drink or take drugs, and find information about reducing risk and getting help.
It’s important to know what is happening to your body when you drink alcohol. This information from alcohol.org.nz can help you make an informed decision when you’re thinking about drinking alcohol:
The best way to avoid the harm of drugs is not to take them. You should always respect your friends' decisions if they choose not to take drugs.
Confidential helplines provide free support for any person concerned about their own or someone else’s drug use.
Helplines are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are free from a landline or mobile.
Find out why smoking is dangerous, and why you should avoid starting – as well as how you can get help to quit.
Remember, AUT’s campuses are smokefree and vapefree.
To avoid becoming hooked on smoking, don't start. Cigarettes contain tobacco and nicotine, which is highly addictive and will lead to a number of health conditions.
If you do smoke, the best thing you can do for your health and wellbeing is to stop. This will reduce your risk of developing smoking related health conditions and will also reduce the risk for those around you. Stopping smoking will also help you save money.
Find out why it is so important that we eat well and take regular exercise – and how to do each of these.
The food we put inside our bodies is important. Developing a balanced and nutritional diet early on can enhance your academic performance and prepare you for a lifetime of healthy eating.
If you’re at the supermarket and unsure of what’s healthy and what’s not, use health star ratings to guide you. The more stars you see on the packaging the healthier is.
Stuck for an idea of what to make? Check out these links for ideas of quick and healthy meals to make while at uni.
Here are the basics you need to know for keeping your body physically well.
It’s important to take control of screening your own health and knowing when to get help.
You should see your doctor for a skin examination if you:
Unusual changes to look for in a spot include:
The best thing you can do to protect yourself from breast cancer is to be breast aware from the age of 20. This means knowing how your breasts normally look and feel and regularly checking for any unusual changes.
If you’re aged between 45-69, you can get a free mammogram every two years.
In New Zealand, testicular cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in young men. You should be familiar with how your testicles normally feel so that you can detect any abnormalities.
It’s recommended that you examine your testicles once a month for any changes.
People aged between 25 and 69 who have a cervix, and who have ever been sexually active, should have regular cervical smear tests. Contact the AUT Student Medical Centre to book a smear test.
Your first smear? Find out what to expect in the toolkit.
Learn how you can look after your body and your health all year round.
In the heat of the summer it can be easy to become dehydrated. A good way to monitor this is to check the colour of your urine. Does it pass the pale pee test? Darker coloured urine tells you that you need to drink more fluids, quickly.
Sleep has an important role to play when it comes to staying well. Sleep can impact on a number of daily functions such as mood, memory, concentration and performance and can also impact on your health and relationships.
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